Welcome to We're So Over . . . At Fork in the Road, we spend a lot of time eating, discussing, and evaluating the foods that we love. This column is dedicated to the other stuff. Why are we evaluating the excellence of a dairy product based on the lingering indentation left by our spoons? Sure, ... More >>
We didn't think it was possible, but this morning Mayor Mike Bloomberg held a news conference that was even cooler than his public appearance with the cast of Gossip Girl earlier this year. The secret weapon? Muppets. Four talking Muppets. You can't make this stuff up, folks! In perhaps the sillie ... 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 >>
via @NYCMayorsOfficeThough much of the real-life drama in the city this past week was worth of a couple Law & Order episodes, the mayor's office brought our attention to on-screen travails. Not only was there the Thursday Gossip Girl hoopla (xoxo, Mayor Mike), but on Tuesday the film Extremel ... More >>
Yep, that's right, folks. Mayor Mike Bloomberg's press conference today was about Gossip Girl. The Lady Gaga-kisser upped his celebrity status by standing beside members of the cast and creative team of the television show at Queen's Silvercup Studios. Also beside him were a host of Queens electe ... More >>
Photo courtesy John DeLucieJohn DeLucie, chef and Gossip Girl icon Yesterday we spoke with Crown chef John Delucie about fine dining and customers who order $125 steaks for their dogs. Today we shift gears as he tells us about his favorite neighborhood haunts and how he feels about gracing th ... More >>
Nicole He Blake Lively and Leighton Meester filming 'Gossip Girl' on the LES yesterday. Craigslist Missed Connections have been good lately! A few weeks ago we had the man who posted an epic missed connection for the girl who held his iPhone hostage, and now we have the poor young startup emp ... More >>
This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema samples fly heads and chicken neck at Taiwainese Specialties; Lauren Shockey indulges in the deep-fried pies at Forcella.Liz BarclayTaiwanese Specialties Sam Sifton praises St. Anselm for the "pulsing bass line of ambition beneath its simple steakhouse ... More >>
Photo courtesy of the Oak BarA veritable den of iniquity.Looks like the owners of the Plaza Hotel weren't fans of the Oak Room and Bar's Mel Gibson "bipolar" cocktail, either.
Whether they're afraid or simply dismissive, certain big names -- or at least their handlers -- have unceremoniously denied my requests to chat with them through the years. The glittery dishonor roll is as follows: LL Cool J. And I only asked because it was a slow news week. Betty White. W ... More >>
The film MetropolitanThursday's New York Times features an article on Native Society, a collection of about 400 "preppy young men and women, mostly friends from the Upper East Side," who started a secret club so they can dress up and look down on people. It's like any social gathering in New ... More >>
Portrait of the artist as a publicity construct.John DeLucie's plans to pipe more outlandishly hyped food down New York's gullet are steaming right along.
You know, publicists' ideas of what would make a great story. I get 'em all day long. Pitches aimed at a catcher with a limp wrist who keeps fumbling the ball! I just don't give a shit! The absolute worst volleys I tend to get are:
Everyone knows L train service is spottier than a Verizon iPhone. Just last week, there was major confusion as to whether or not the train was even running at all! The MTA said yes. The people said no. Finally, our prayers have been answered thanks to a new expletive-filled website that gives ... More >>
Rebecca Marx Gossip Girl has managed to do what a blizzard and encroaching chain stores failed to: it has shut down Veselka, at least for the afternoon and probably the rest of the evening.
In 2009, the New York Observer dubbed Hadley Marie Nagel the "Egghead Debutante." At the time, Nagel couldn't believe she had received a four-year scholarship to Johns Hopkins. ("I mean, I didn't apply for it, so it was totally out of the blue!") She was the youngest lobbyist in Washington at ... More >>
Target audiences: they happen.The New York Observer hits the big time, getting a cameo on Gossip Girl. And who from their editorial staff was there? Gawker gets murked by some Taiwanese guys. Business Insider is making another hire. Speaking of which, Media Party Season has arrived, unless, o ... More >>
Poppin' it so crazy kooky
I never thought anyone from Gossip Girl would be considered one of our premiere thesps any more than I felt Justin Bieber should sing at the Met. But I can finally admit that in Ben Affleck's searing criminal drama The Town, Blake Lively happens to be amazing in her supporting role as a ragg ... More >>
Doubt you'll be seeing these at a Shanghai bus stop.Josh Schwartz is taking Gossip Girl bi-continental and producing a Chinese version of the famous Upper East Side set series, the Post reports, made with Chinese actors and broadcast in China. It's hard for us Western folk here to understand exac ... More >>
She smokes and curses. She's bored with men and likes her vibrator. She says she wants to be the next Kurt Cobain. I think she's great! (Except for the smoking.) But the linked abcnews.com article discusses whether Gossip Girl's Taylor Momsen might be hinting at behavior that could make her ... More >>
Yep, I've finally made it! When a Facebook friend tried to post a comment on a blog, he was asked to type "Musto" as his word verification. I am serious! My name was the word verification squiggle!
Time editor Richard Stengel, Gayle King and MSNBC's Savannah GuthrieHappy May Day! Or happy White House Press Correspondents Dinner Day, depending how famous you are, how closely you follow the high school side of politics or how much you wish you were famous. Or! How much you wish you were c ... More >>
Shoegazer shoes Butterfly Explosion March 17 Habana, Austin, Texas When you go see a band because they're labeled "shoegaze," you get a smile on your face when you see them set up 19 different foot pedals on the stage. You don't need to double-check your SXSW schedule. You know you're in the right ... More >>
Jenny MillerLove for sale.With its rainbow of groovy raw drinks and a new shop called the Space of Love, it's easy to dismiss Organic Avenue as some crunchy, fringey, hippie place for those who have nothing better to do than not cook, monitor their colons, and attend yoga retreats. But it's h ... More >>
Elizalice, courtesy of the Voice Flickr PoolJust another day on the L Train When it comes to L Train service, Williamsburg's skinny-jean choked underground thoroughfare, you never know what sort of experience you'll encounter. One week the justifiably irate Transit Union will call for two "Days of ... More >>
Kylie! Photo by Santiago Felipe.In the week a tiny little boy named Falcon first captured America's heart and then threw up on that heart on live television and even rhymed about doing so in song, we swam feebly in the ocean of headlines involving both Michael Jackson and Paul Anka, DJ AM and ... More >>
Pic by Puja PatelNYC's Twestival (Twitter festival, get it?) went down Saturday at Brooklyn Bowl, raising money for Bronx-based charity Camp Interactive, which means there was at least one good thing about it.
Pretty much every human on planet Earth would look as punk as Thurston Moore does when sandwiched between Gossip Girl's two crispiest male leads. But he still looks punk as fuck. This by way of Sonic Youth's appearance on the episode airing on October 12--Moore's second cameo on the show, if ... More >>
--The rapidly decaying corpse of Aerosmith called the whole thing off today, canceling the rest of the band's AeroForceOne summer tour. Frontman Steven Tyler danced his way right off the stage at a motorcycle rally in Sturgis, SD last week, shattering his shoulder and amusing the entire inter ... More >>
In case you were wondering what one of those Gossip Girl tours -- which seem to have replaced Sex and the City tours as the baby bridge and tunnel brigade's girls-day-out of choice -- Gadling has the highlights, or at least the lights: they travelled in a bus with TV screens that played scene ... More >>
The Eternal doesn't break new ground, for the first time in 20-plus years
Gossip Girl author grows up
Even bars get sequels now
Stay away from clowns! Just continue to be ones yourselves. (And other Dear ABBA suggestions.)