At 10 years old, Captured Tracks founder and owner Mike Sniper was already doing business at the lunch table. "There was this kid who was really into heavy metal, and my sister gave me all her heavy metal tapes because she was getting into other stuff," he says. "I didn't like heavy metal, and she h ... More >>
Be a kid again on Governors Island
Hold the drumming, boy
This week in the Voice I discussed The Little Drummer Boy Challenge, a sort of Frogger pitting your ears against "Christmas creep." The rules are simple: If you haven't heard "The Little Drummer Boy" in any formincluding Justin Bieber's recent, Busta Rhymes-assisted update of the songs ... More >>
New York City's first "Slow Zone," a residential area of several blocks with maximum marked speeds of 20 miles per hour, has been unveiled in the Claremont section of the Bronx. The Daily News reports that 46 people were injured or killed in the Community Board 3 neighborhood, which includes Claremo ... More >>
If a car slams you off your bike, the cops won't do anything
It's that time of the year again, the day you can hole up in your house and relive your childhood passion for video games without fear of being called a geek. In honor of this great holiday, we've talked to a few people about their favorite games. Do you remember Frogger?
Turtles! 100 diamondback terrapin turtles flash-mobbed a runway at JFK airport today, leading to closure of that route for more than an hour. "Specialists" (because have you ever tried to pick up a turtle? It's scary!) removed the turtles at around 10 a.m., reports the New York Times City Roo ... More >>
The Bike War of 2011 has many fronts, including the NYPD against cyclists, with tickets at an all-time high, and the public (or politicians) against bike lines, with no one able to agree on how useful they are. Well maybe, DNAinfo proposes today, they're not getting the use they're meant to b ... More >>
Def Jam Rapstar is the latest attempt to merge the worlds of hip-hop and video games. In the past, this has involved shoehorning playable rapper characters into cliched genres -- a Wu-Tang Clan beat-'em-up! 50 Cent's first-person shooter! -- or rappers licensing a few throwaway songs to the l ... More >>
Frank Franklin II/Associated Press via The New York TimesWith the MTA and the Health Department cracking down on the problem, if you can even call it that, with rat infestations in subway stations, the New York Times has decided it's time to preserve our fondest memories of these creatures, l ... More >>
What if New York really was making a return to the bad old days? Witness the pixelation, Pac-Man/Frogger/Donkey-Kong-ization, '80s-ification of New York City. No one wore legwarmers in the making of this video, but they should have. I need to play Tetris. Now. Thanks, BoweryBoogie!
--R.I.P. Brendan Mullen, who was one of the first DIY promoters of punk and independent rock and the first regular booker of punk bands in Los Angeles. The Masque, a venue that became home base for all that is first-wave L.A. punk--including the Germs and the Weirdos--was in essence his baby ... More >>
Ancient Games Are the Hot New Thing