Whether or not you put any stock in the Hallmark holiday coming up on February 14, we think you should use the occasion to eat a little chocolate. It's been a brutal winter here in NYC, after all. And if you're buying a gift set for someone special? Go local. Here's where:
We're always looking for more inspiration to make at least occasional use of our tiny New York kitchens (that is, beyond making our customary morning bowl of oatmeal or using the counter space to store our mail), so a couple of weeks ago, we dropped into a class at the Institute for Culinary Educati ... More >>
This week's story, "The Ag Gag War," goes behind the scenes of the guerilla fight between animal rights groups and Big Agriculture. For years organizations like the Humane Society and Mercy for Animals have being going undercover at America's largest farms, using hidden cameras to show exactly how ... More >>
Normally, I don't appreciate anything too musically pretty. Even if it's a formula love ballad, I like a little bittersweet quality sprinkled in there--or preferably something just plain bitter. But there are some lovely standards that I can't help adoring because it's just so much easier to surre ... More >>
That's what you can do thanks to Me TV (channel 144 on my dial), Antenna TV (166), TV Land (Channel 85), Aspire (171), and Hallmark (84). With this plethora of musty treasures on eternal repeat, you need never deal with the present again--except to maybe order food or go to the bathroom. Here's a ... More >>
It's that special time of the year again, when everyone steps back for a second and sends shout-outs to our most maternal partners in crime. Here at Runnin' Scared, we feel obligated (out of love, of course) to make sure the mothers who give birth to us bloggers are treated with the utmost respect. ... More >>
Are they still? I'm sure the answer is yes, unless you're Christina Crawford. But we often convince ourselves that our parents weren't really supportive of us because it's easier to fall into a self-victimizing frame of mind that plays into our I-wasn't-loved-enough-as-a-child shtick. We lose sig ... More >>
New York goes retread. But maybe there's a little hope
Making lemonade of the world's lemons, Hallmark, card purveyor, bringer of joy to the people who are having birthdays, graduating, getting married, having anniversaries, or thanking each other, now makes unemployment cards, apparently. Said one Hallmark store owner, "The cards are flying off the she ... More >>
What's Mom want? Meat, meat, and more meat, and a respite from cooking Sunday dinner. Hill Country Barbecue was filled with moms this afternoon. It's one of the few places big enough that you could walk right in and eat on Mother's Day -- one of the great "greeting-card holidays" invented ... More >>
Money, honey. The "Hallmark holiday for music nerds" festivities of Record Store Day are a little less than 36 hours past, and as predicted, the speculators and collectors were out in full force on Saturday. And some of them are already seeing returns on their waiting-in-line investments! eBa ... More >>
Martha Stewart is pissed that people don't consider her a TV chef. As she tells New York Daily News, "They exclude me when they talk about TV chefs...I have more credentials as a TV chef than anybody out there. I actually know how to bake and cook and create and edit recipes."
Each Thursday, your Crap Archivist brings you the finest in forgotten and bewildering crap culled from basements, thrift stores, estate sales and flea markets. I do this for one reason: Knowledge is power. What Girls Can Be Author: Dean Walley, words; Maria Hughes, art Date: None given; pr ... More >>
Terroir In the wake of the Chris Cannon/Michael White divorce, the merry pranksters at Terroir have made their allegiances very clear with a tribute to "our hero" Chris Cannon so hilariously unsparing it makes Ricky Gervais's Golden Globes commentary look like a Hallmark card. Cannon's year ... More >>
In case you were wondering what, exactly, City Hall hemorrhages its money on, the Daily News reports today on an internal memo sent to city workers, announcing that the Bloomberg administration plans to save $1 million by printing double-sided copies and not sending out holiday greeting cards ... More >>
In the new movie The Extra Man--SPOILER ALERT!--Paul Dano plays a guy who likes to try on women's clothes. At the climax, he dons full drag for sex with a woman, at which point he realizes that this is awful and "I just want to be a man!"
via WikipediaEver make a special visit to a world-famous tourist site--a wonder of the world, renowned for its majesty and historical importance--and just go "Eh"? That happened when I recently caught up with the Liberty Bell for the first time since elementary school.
I usually detest cute animal stunts--as well as Hallmark cards, Precious Moments figurines, and Wizard air freshener--but I can't resist this darling little rodent who so dexterously nibbles on a popcorn kernel upside down with her legs up in the air, only mildly disrupted when a piano key i ... More >>
It's Valentine's Day weekend. I'm not one to buy into Hallmark holidays (publicly, at least), so we'll treat this weekend like any other. Excuse the cleverly named soirees and sexual innuendo. On Friday, lonely singles and teenagers unite at the One Night Stand warehouse party in Brooklyn. E ... More >>
Come on, you have to watch it at least once this year
F2K is a countdown of the 50 worst songs of the decade. Track our progress here. As in "Blue October, I want to fucking strangle you with this jump rope right now."
>Just for one madcap moment, let me step away from my usual reports of nocturnal debauchery and diva bitchery and show you some shots of cute dogs in costumes, send to me by the Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services for some reason. Yes, let me turn into a one-man Hallmark st ... More >>
I used to love those kitschy story songs that filled my youthful eardrums. You know, the elaborate ditties with cheesy, involved narratives--basically shlock short stories set to irresistibly catchy pop music. Among the classics of the genre are: "The Night The Lights Went Out in Georgia" s ... More >>
We didn't know Taxi Appreciation Day was a Thing -- we never see cards for it at the Hallmark store -- but it apparently is celebrated yearly on various days in various jurisdictions. For example, the Mayor of Toronto declared one on June 9, 2003; Syracuse had one by mayoral proclamation last June 1 ... More >>
In the future, there will be Cher, cockroaches, and The Golden Girls. The beloved '80s sitcom about four cantankerous and slutty but lovable old broads has played so long on Lifetime that I've gotten my AARP card along with the characters. And now I've been informed that they're moving to the Hallma ... More >>
It seems a surefire way to get publicity: do something even mildly sexy with the Virgin Mary, then wait for the Catholic Church to denounce you. We saw it last month with the Virgin Mary's Mexican Playboy cover. Now we're seeing it with designer Ricardo Oyarzun's recent fashion show, in which models ... More >>
Not New York; imagine a giant Ouija board with a skull in the middle instead Honestly: no idea how the Mars Volta can wrap a line of people around three sides of a city block, march them in, keep them standing up, and in place, for over two hours, without one recognizable time signature or melody, ... More >>
Joe My God had been promised a "Straight Pride Parade" today in Crown Heights. So, like a good reporter, he went this morning to check it out, and found only ordinary holiday weekend traffic and "a delicious pastry from Ken's Jamaican Bakery. Who knows, maybe I blinked and missed a handful of haters ... More >>
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