A good chunk of Filipinos will argue that former dictator Ferdinand Marcos never faced sufficient punishment--for his years of political oppression, extrajudicial executions, and looting of government funds. He was exiled in 1986 and spent the rest of his life in Hawaii, where the Reagan administrat ... More >>
Not all of us have had our iPhones disappear only to wind up in the hands of camera-happy teens in Morocco, but we can all appreciate the problem: Having your smartphone stolen sucks. That's why news out of the attorney general's office comes as a relief. Eric Schneiderman, his bud Delaware A.G. Bea ... More >>
Ed Schoenfeld and Joe Ng's Upper West Side outpost of their downtown hit RedFarm (2170 Broadway, 212-724-9700) opened its doors this weekend after over a year of delays and a lengthy six-week staff training. It's a shame about the delays, but Schoenfeld's a pro: If our experience on opening day was ... More >>
For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which is updated daily.
As with just about any holiday we celebrate, we're preparing for the anniversary of America's birth by contemplating what we'll eat and drink. And while our plans normally include some variation on grilled meat and beer, we decided to garner a little inspiration from New York City's chefs this year, ... More >>
You know him as Gil Chesterton on Frasier, an Obie-winner from Jeffrey, a Broadway scene-stealer in The Drowsy Chaperone and Curtains, and from so many other credits. He's witty, wise, and a snappy dresser. And he's doing a live cabaret show which sounds like a must-see for urbane New Yorkers and ... More >>
It's been three years of bullying for Obama and his origin of birth. Even after he showed us a video of his Miracle of Life ala the opening scene of 'The Lion King,' Donald Trump and the army of birthers - an entire sub-sect of our political culture that is named after their one ideology: Obama wasn ... More >>
Well, the sun came up yesterday, which means one thing: Donald Trump humiliated himself by rambling on and on (and on) about fictitious birth certificates, Hawaiian twins, and a Kenyan Manchurian Candidate.The bumbling billionaire was near Tampa, Florida last night, where -- yet again -- he spouted ... More >>
Bun cinder at P.S. Burgers I was excited when I spotted the new burger joint on Carmine Street, P.S. Burgers. A little rudimentary googling proved the place an offshoot of a Mineola indie burger spot that Yelpers seem to adore. Said one, "Fresh ingredients, well prepared, friendly staff, and GRE ... More >>
More kids are using pot, but that doesn't have anything to do with medical marijuana legalization, according to a just released study. Researchers from the University of Colorado Denver looked at data from 1993 to 2009 and found that there's no evidence linking prescription pot to increased hard or ... More >>
Billionaire buffoon Donald Trump did a whole lot of what he does best yesterday during an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer -- we're not talking about building apartments, or starring in reality shows, we're talking about acting like a total ass-hat on national television.As you probably know, the f ... More >>
Remember the birther craze, based on the notion that Barack Obama was really born in Africa, and was therefore ineligible for the Presidency? Well, it's back, baby -- in mutant form. Someone found an old agency promo booklet for Obama's first, never-published book. The bio described him as "born in ... More >>
If you are too poor to buy food but have always dreamed of visiting the South Pacific, don't worry: You can pay for your groceries -- and your next Hawaiian vacation -- with food stamps. Actually, that's not true -- not even close to being true -- but Newt Gingrich, who wants to rep the GOP in the ... More >>
Your sunrises and sunsets, today through Tuesday.It's that time of year again, the time that we are plunged into terrible darkness by 4 in the afternoon and the hours wile on, interminable and chilly, like vampire hands. Or, whatever, it's the end of daylight savings! No biggie! And apparentl ... More >>
UARS -- the 6-ton satellite that just maybe was going to hit you -- fell back to earth sometime between 11:23 p.m. Friday and 1:09 a.m. Saturday EDT, NASA has said. But even though it "penetrated the atmosphere" over the Pacific Ocean, when and where it exactly fell is still unknown, so let t ... More >>
Straight outta Oahu.First, the bad news for Buttermilk Channel patrons: the restaurant will be closed tomorrow. And now, the good news for ladies (and more than a few gentlemen) of a certain age: it will be closed because of Tom Selleck. According to a message from the restaurant's owner, the ... More >>
Bloody harvest.While plenty of people have asked why New York restaurants continue to serve blue fin tuna, they've largely ignored the similarly problematic inclusion of shark fin soup on menus across the city. But according to the Humane Society, there's ample reason to pay attention.
Donald Trump's been on such a roll with all his birther stuff lately, and now his closest adviser had to go and forsake him. Michael Cohen, a Trump Organization executive who is tapped to be in charge of Trump's possible presidential run, turns out to be a registered Democrat who voted for ... More >>
He does look pretty happy. [via NYT]The New York Times and Gallup have located the "happiest person in America." To do so, Gallup put together a composite for such a person, based on key happiness characteristics for 2010. The key to happiness is to be, said Gallup, "a tall, Asian-American, o ... More >>
Monday, Runnin' Scared reported on Assemblyman Michael DenDekker's new bicycle bills. If his proposals pass, riders across the state would have to register and tack license plates on their bikes, and submit them to yearly inspections. First-time registration would cost $25, with a yearly re ... More >>
The Netherlands-based DJ, producer, and "moombahton" guru known as Munchi is a recent obsession in some corners of SOTC -- hear lots of examples of his adventurous, omnivorous style here -- which makes news of his recent medical trauma all the more disturbing. Per NYC's own DJ Ayres comes new ... More >>
According to a new poll, over half of Republican primary voters don't believe Barack Obama was born in the United States. Politico reports that Public Policy Polling asked 400 people across the country who planned on voting in the GOP primaries where they thought President Obama was born. 51 ... More >>
CSPIOur home, our petri dish.Just as the Department of Health is now in the business of issuing restaurants report cards, the Center for Science in the Public Interest has gone and graded all 50 states on how well they detect outbreaks of food-borne illnesses.
via @DevonGrandy/TwitpicThe snow count is in. We got 9.1 inches last night (according to numbers in Central Park, via NY1). That does not a blizzard make, but it's pretty, for the moment! No major public transport delays, though the MTA has issued a Winter Weather Service Advisory. In related ... More >>
You wouldn't notice Gourmet Dog's small presence on the waterfront if it weren't for the bright signs and the cute dog. Sometimes, the wildest gastronomic experimentation takes places in the most unexpected places - witness Staten Island's Gourmet Dog (40 Richmond Terrace, 718-727-1234).
An egg cream at Hinsch's. Petey Freeman moved to Carroll Gardens from Hawaii to open the Brooklyn Farmacy back in June. The Farmacy gained plenty of attention before it opened, thanks to its previous incarnation as the historic, long-shuttered Vermont Pharmacy and a boost from the Discovery ... More >>
The white brain, beset with worries, finally goes haywire in spectacular fashion
Do another push-up, loser! Photo by Rebecca SmeyneWe have long been fascinated with the theoretical exercise potential in the music of the cheery, epic Brooklyn pop duo Sleigh Bells. So has SOHI Fitness guru Megan Clark, who first used the band's "Tell Em" in a Youtube video depicting a parti ... More >>
I mean, it looks like exercise, right? Sleigh Bells photo by Rebecca SmeyneSince the apocalyptically cheery Brooklyn duo Sleigh Bells first emerged in the fall of last year, critics have been drawn inexorably to sports metaphors (ahem) as a way to describe the band's signature brand of bombas ... More >>
A little more than a year after Gavin Portsmouth was hired to share chef duties with Chai Trivedi in the kitchen of Pranna, the Murray Hill Southeast Asian restaurant has announced that it has a new executive chef. Per a release, Keith Kornfeld is now the man in charge. He previously worked at resta ... More >>
Tiki, but not tacky.As Painkiller progresses, word of yet another tropical cocktail bar emerges. Julie Reiner, of Clover Club in Cobble Hill, tells Diner's Journal that she's planning to take over the former Tailor space and transform it into a Pacific Rim-themed cocktail lounge. A Hawaii nat ... More >>
There are a few ways to look at the case of the thwarted holiday crotch-bomber. On the one hand, we have a deluded fellow who, allegedly assured of eternal glory by jihadists who bade him sew explosive chemicals into his underwear, set his lap on fire during a Delta flight and, instead of the coo ... More >>
The ongoing pissing match over Sarah Palin's inked-up gimme cap has a new combatant, now that John McCain has taken a stand. If you managed to miss this earth-shaking controversy, the Senator's former running mate was photographed in Hawaii wearing a McCain campaign sun visor with the logo bl ... More >>
The humongous cemita from La Fiesta in Mott Haven is surely one of the world's great gutbombs. Cemitas are the signature sandwiches of Puebla in southern Mexico, the state from which many New York immigrants come. The hubcab-size round sandwich is made with a special roll that often ... More >>
While eating with my in-laws at a stodgy fish restaurant in suburban Massachusetts, I asked the waiter for Sriracha, almost just to see what he would say. But he nodded knowingly, and brought out a dish of the red, garlicky hot sauce. That's when you know that Sriracha has hit the mainstream. That, ... More >>
As we thaw out from what seemed like the longest winter ever, warm weather foods are reemerging from hibernation, and that means that piragua vendors are heading out to peddle their Puerto Rican-style shaved ice and syrup concoctions from festive carts all over the city. The carts' big shiny blocks ... More >>
The Centers for Disease Control did a phone survey which they say reveals the state-by-state sadness levels of citizens, and surprise, New York did not win, place, or show. Kentucky -- yes, the home of bourbon and jes' settin' on the porch -- is the winner, with a frequent mental distress (FMD) occ ... More >>
Rob Trucks's "Possibly 4th Street" expositions, in which he invites musicians to perform live and impromptu somewhere in New York City, run intermittently here at Sound of the City. Trail of Dead headlines the Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday, February 27 [tix] and Bowery Ballroom on Saturday, ... More >>
Dont forget to apply the grease!
In which the pentagon rolls the dice and adds states to the U.S.