Daniel McGowan, the environmental activist and former member of the Earth Liberation Front who spent five and a half years in an extreme prison isolation unit, is suing the federal Bureau of Prisons for violating his right to free speech. McGowan, a New York native, was imprisoned in a highly restri ... More >>
While we all know that technically the G is on time more often than any other train line, "technically" means very little when it's 1 a.m. and you're helplessly watching the back of a train as it departs the station because you're not an Olympic runner, incapable of swiping your card and sprinting t ... More >>
This week in Cheap Laughs, we have everything: funny Norwegians, Tinder titillation, boy burlesque, street toughs, secret passwords, cheerleading cancer, and the enduring lure of Quebec. We do it right, baby. Here's our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.
The "tremendous irony" of moving Midtown to the East Village
When we last checked in with upstate-dwelling State Senator Greg Ball, he was making virulently anti-immigrant statements to score some cheap political points. Now, just as cheaply, he's playing to the other side of the house, sponsoring a bill to ban killer whales from New York's water parks and aq ... More >>
Since moving to Los Angeles three years ago, Yuna has encountered a host of interesting faces and talents. "I love seeing their ideas, their passion," she states. "I feel driven and motivated by these people." The people in question are a growing list of talented collaborators like Frank Ocean's pro ... More >>
For the past year or so, the NYPD has been forced to very publicly defend a program it once denied existed at all: the surveillance of Muslims, which has allegedly targeted student groups, mosques, religious leaders and ordinary people. The city and the NYPD are being sued in three separate lawsuits ... More >>
Outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio met at City Hall Wednesday morning for the first time since Tuesday's election. You know, the election where de Blasio campaigned against Bloomberg's proudest achievements -- like the rich getting richer while the poor are left behind ... More >>
A New York environmental activist stuck in an extreme isolation unit for writing letters and publishing articles -- and then re-jailed for writing about being put in that isolation unit in the first place -- has had his lawsuit against the Federal Bureau of Prisons dismissed, a development he calls ... More >>
Tomorrow is America's 237th birthday, but it also has the unfortunate distinction of marking seven years since the demise of one of the finest series of music programming ever broadcast. BET Un:Cut was an hour block of hip-hop videos that aired at 3:00 a.m. ET that specialized in the racier side of ... More >>
Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul spoke at historically black Howard University last week, and it was a major event. No, he didn't seem to win any black votes for the GOP -- even his fans admit as much. But white people of the rightblogger variety were all over it, and that's what counts. Some ... More >>
Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins probably thought his most embarrassing moment in sports was losing the 2011 Capital One Bowl to Alabama, 49-7. That was until the NFL made him take a urine test in his grandmother's house. Naturally, this odd arraingment has inspired a veritable golden s ... More >>
Irreverent rap jokesters Buckwheat Groats caused an internet melee last year with the multi-McDonald's mayhem in their "Million Dollar Menu" music video. Along with being featured everywhere from Huffington Post to WorldStarHipHop, the duo landed a deal with The Warner Sound. Now, they've returned w ... More >>
Everyone's a critic. Daym Drops, the fast food reviewer who offers his opinions from the parking lots of his chosen restaurants, was recently asked by Jimmy Fallon to evaluate the McRib sandwich. After a few bites, the YouTube star decided that the "flavor is on time," but he really enjoyed the sa ... More >>
A Starbucks twitter campaign in the U.K. has seriously backfired. The company recently encouraged its followers to get into the holiday spirit and use the hashtag #spreadthecheer. Instead of support, however, the effort resulted in an outpouring of tweets bashing the coffee chain's "low tax rates an ... More >>
Yesterday really was a two-hit Tuesday. Following the reelection of President Obama, Colorado voters passed Amendment 64 -- the act that aims to legalize the recreational use of marijuana by adults -- shortly after the election results were announced. Washington residents also voted "yes," legaliz ... More >>
How fancy can you get with McDonald's? During a cook-off at San Francisco's California Culinary Academy, chefs used McDonald's ingredients to create a three-course meal. The charity gala, called McDonald's Unwrapped, was organized to raise awareness regarding McDonald's ingredients.
Billions of dollars can buy just about anything, but it can't buy class -- as is made painfully obvious by "Birther" billionaire Donald Trump on almost a daily basis.The Donald's latest act of douchiness happened just a few hours ago -- like a 13-year-old girl, he took to Twitter this morning to cal ... More >>
Just in case you were worried that America's trashiest billionaire was going to stop making a complete ass of himself every single day, you can relax -- Donald Trump has pledged to continue to act like an asshole; class, civility, and maturity be damned.Trump has demonstrated -- time and again -- th ... More >>
[See More Rants: Restaurants That Only Pretend To Be Reopening | 13 Reasons Why Banning 'Pig Gulp' Sodas in NYC Isn't Such a Bad Idea] Did you know August 29th is National Lemon Juice Day? What are you planning on doing? We don't get off work, but I'm thinking of taking it as a personal day. You kn ... More >>
This is what you've been waiting for...or maybe not. [See More 'Ew': 5 Awful Songs About Noodles | Zombie Bread, Yikes!] We may be witnessing the birth of a new frozen treat genre. No, I think I can say that with certainty, though perhaps there were inklings decades ago when Baskin-Robbins introd ... More >>
Well, this is a mess... Remember yesterday, when Barack Obama called on Congress to extend Bush-era tax cuts for families making up to $250,000? Remember how Obama made the politically risky move of describing the economy as disappointing under his watch, using that as proof the country needs tax ... More >>
Many have found Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed supersized soda ban increasingly hard to stomach. Though Mike's move -- up for a Board of Health vote July 24 -- has gotten quite a bit of criticism, opponents nationwide have started boosting efforts to fight the measure.
Pizza Hut is taking on sub sandwiches with the launch of its new product, the P'Zolo. It's a pizza sandwich that comes in three flavors: Meat Trio with Italian sausage, pepperoni, ham, and cheese; Italian Steak with marinated steak, roasted vegetables, and cheese; and Buffalo Chicken with white-meat ... More >>
Over the past few weeks, we've been waiting for some fallout -- any fallout -- with black Americans over President Obama's support for same-sex marriage. Instead of the promised backlash, we've mostly heard the sound of crickets (unless you count the sounds of support from a majority of polled black ... More >>
I've never been happier to be wrong about something. Two weeks ago, the last line of my column read: "Probably won't happen. But wouldn't it be fun if it did?" The event I didn't think could happen was Adam Lambert scoring a No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 album chart with his second disc, Trespas ... More >>
A 'stealth' Starbucks is an unbranded Starbucks location devoid of their usual mermaid decal, furnishings and overall look and feel. Grub Street broke the news that Macy's Square will be getting one called The Herald Square Cafe: From Grub Street: "Pastries are sourced from local bakeries, not ship ... More >>
Fried chicken chains are not having a good week. First, the NY Daily News brings to light the multiple DOH-related closings of Kennedy Fried Chicken, and Crown Fried Chicken restaurants in New York City. Now, a former employee of a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant in Oregon is claiming in a lawsuit ... More >>
Mitt Romney sure did have a hectic weekend, having to balance heavy duty damage control -- that whole "stay at home moms need to learn the dignity of work"-thing -- with a "Saturday Night Live" bid.
It's a big day for genital gossip, all thanks to HuffPo! First of all, Jason Biggs told the site that he's full frontal in American Reunion, which I feel is good since we need to finally see just what he's whacking in these films. Biggs adds that they purposely did a wide shot so viewers could see ... More >>
The story about a Texas private investigator's new book claiming that he has proof O.J. Simpson isn't guilty of the 1994 murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman is getting the kind of media buzz you would expect when someone makes a claim as absurd as "O.J. didn't ... More >>
Following Wednesday's "Million Hoodie March" for Trayvon Martin -- the Florida 17-year-old who was killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer in February -- one New York church is asking people to wear hoodies to service Sunday. "Come to our multiracial/multicultural community, Middle Church, on Sunda ... More >>
The NYPD didn't just spy on entire Muslim communities -- a new report by The Associated Press reveals that cops also surveilled liberal political groups. The AP (via CBS) notes that undercover cops went to liberal political groups' meetings, building intel files on activists and protesters. The ... More >>
Sam LevinAdvocacy group VOCAL-NY at a City Hall rally earlier this year. An HIV/AIDS advocacy group has got its hands on an internal government document that the group says is cause for major concern -- and not just because the city is making policy changes behind closed doors, advocates said ... More >>
Activists upset with a new drug screening regulation for HIV-positive New Yorkers are going to protest the policy today by marching to a city commissioner and asking him to take a drug test. Y'know, it's one of those protests where the activists try to find the person they're mad at -- those are fun ... More >>
Dominique Strauss-Kahn's scandal has already inspired a Law & Order: SVU episode, but now it's going to become a film starring Gérard Depardieu as the former International Monetary Fund head. According to the AFP, director Abel Ferrara told Le Monde about plans for the film, which he said would sh ... More >>
It's a bit of a busy -- and rough -- week for Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. This month, she has spoken out on a wide range of topics -- from food stamps to gun violence to women's rights. But today, it's just plain ole politics that she has to deal with. First, a NY1/YNN-Marist Poll released Tuesday n ... More >>
I recently linked to another column's report that designer Calvin Klein and his young boyfriend, Nick Gruber, were on a break from each other as the world wept.
There were a few inevitable things that happened after Alec Baldwin got kicked off an American Airlines flight for playing Words with Friends. First, he angrily tweeted about it. Then came the ultimate in celebrity introspection, the deletion of his Twitter account followed by a Huffington P ... More >>
When is a scandal connected to sports not a scandal? Apparently when ESPN decides not to report on it. There is one huge missing piece in the Syracuse-Bernie Fine sex abuse scandal that the media seems to have agreed not to investigate, namely, who at ESPN knew what and why didn't they do somethin ... More >>
And wasn't it a treat that he brought his trick? Here they are, thanks to Huffington Post, in full glorious costume at Sunday night's Saints and Sinners party at the Standard. And what exactly are Calvin and young Nick dressed as, perchance?
Press Clips has returned, or rather a short, bastardized version of Press Clips has returned, special for today. There's a fair bit of media news today, most of it involving highbrow New York news startup Capital New York. It's gaining some new staff members and also $1.7 million from an ange ... More >>
Loves criticism, apparentlyGrant Cardone, NatGeo's "Turnaround King" proves, at least, that he can write inspirational salespeak babble with the best of them in a post he put up at the Huffington Post today. Titled "Why Criticism Is Important To Success," Cardone does everything but actuall ... More >>
We have reached a point in history where it has now become all but impossible to go grocery shopping without a user's safety manual.
A new study shows that the more choice we have, the more likely we are to opt for unhealthy foods. Fries or salad? Er, what do you think? [CBC] Michelle Obama has incurred the wrath of Big Agriculture by aligning herself with the locavore movement. The Mid-America CropLife Association (MACA) wrote ... More >>
The French Laundry's Timothy Hollingsworth isn't the only one representing Team USA in culinary competition. While Hollingsworth is participating in the Bocuse d'Or in Lyon, France today and tomorrow, cheese mongers from our very own Murrary's Cheese (254 Bleecker Street) participated in one of the ... More >>
Stories in High Fidelity: A Pre-CMJ Night of Music & Stories Highline Ballroom October 20 On Monday night, the Highline Ballroom hosted a benefit for the launch of the Stories in High Fidelity website—the self-described Huffington Post of the music industry. Cramming four decades worth of influen ... More >>
It might be a good thing that the pope's arrival in the United States is hogging the front-page real estate, because the number of crime stories in today's papers read like a writers' pitch meeting for Law & Order. Here's a quick rundown: The biggest murder plot with an L&O twist comes from the Bro ... More >>
As my reign winds down, I feel like a beauty queen preparing to hand over her crown (and wig and chicken wings and vodka bottles). If you haven’t seen my spread, as it were, I’ll give you one more chance to click on my immortally shameless session (“The Ultimate Re-Vamping”) spoofing Lindsay ... More >>