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 >>
Yes, the polar vortex is back, but we've got a pretty good array of events that will all take place indoors. See, we're thinking about you. Housing Works Bookstore is hosting a party in honor of Asymptote's third anniversary; writers John and Molly Knefel host Radio Dispatch, a progressive political ... More >>
Merry War on Christmas! Did you miss it? No? Well, too bad, because after ten years it appears to be as important and obnoxious a part of our solstice revels as SantaCon and "Wonderful Christmastime." But though sheer habit and a taste for proven clickbait may be what keeps rightbloggers on the Wo ... More >>
The most recent NYPD CompStat crime report shows 1,421 complaints of felonious assault in the City over 28 days. By the tabloid press' generous estimate, as many as 10 recent assaults may be attributed to something called "the knockout game," in which a black kid goes up to some random white person ... More >>
It's been quite a week for people writing what appear to be deliberately stupid editorials, but then, isn't it always? Earlier this week, the internet was in an uproar over Richard Cohen, Washington Post columnist and musty old bigot, who finds a new way to bum us out almost every Tuesday. As a remi ... More >>
There were a number of possible responses to yesterday's news that a small dead shark was found in the subway: sadness (dead animal), puzzlement (dead aquatic animal?), and, for the germaphobes among us, extreme, immediate, misplaced panic (Jesus Christ, have I been sitting in shark juice)? But the ... More >>
A new city startup promises to eliminate student loans for those who'll share their future income with investors
Last week the Pope made some nice-sounding comments about gay priests ("Who am I to judge") which, as even casual students of the Holy Mother Church will know, do not constitute policy statements. Nonetheless the pleasure with which it was received in some quarters presented rightbloggers with an ... 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 >>
It doesn't matter what you look like: Walking, riding, standing, or existing in New York City while female (or gender nonconforming) is bound to get you unwanted attention. Whether it's that dude smirking at you on the subway or a drunk person shouting "faggot priest!" in your face (true story, happ ... 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 >>
It sounded like a panel of Federal Appeals Court judges drilled lawyers with a barrage of questions yesterday during a hearing of oral arguments in the high-profile lawsuit against the Obama administration over the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act. Of course, that's a bit tough to confirm c ... More >>
The newspaper's spicy Confidential column ran the cover, along with my comments on whether I'm really wearing high heels or they were added later. Thank you, Brian Niemitz and Carson Griffith for spilling my secrets so entertainingly.
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 >>
In case David Chang wasn't busy enough already with a restaurant empire to run and benefits to organize, he's also hosting Mind of a Chef on PBS. The show, which premiers tonight, explores the inner and ever-workings of Chang's head, while bringing some of his well-known, food-inclined friends along ... 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 >>
Born This Way is the new book that compiles the childhood stories of various gay personalities who recall the hints and signifiers that they were "growing up gay." (I'm in the book, talking about my early love for the Supremes and TV's Tarzan--exploding into gayness when the Supremes guested on Tar ... 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.
In a recent interview with USA Today, Iron Chef Cat Cora talks about the possibility of kitchens being run entirely by robots: "People will no longer be able to claim they're lousy cooks. Android robots will do most of the work. 'Technology will take over the kitchen,' Cora says. 'Even if you can't ... More >>
Earlier this week, Donald Trump promised that his acts of scumbaggery towards Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington were just getting started. Today, the world's trashiest billionaire made good on his promise.On Tuesday -- in fine 13-year-old girl fashion -- Trump took to Twitter to call Huffin ... 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 >>
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 >>
The Huffington Post's homepage screams "OBAMA UNLOADS: BRUTAL NEW AD." The term 'brutal' might be an overstatement; 'laughable' might be a bit more apropos. But the Obama campaign's new ad, entitled "Firms," is one to remember. Why? Because what's better than an attack ad based on someone's shitty s ... More >>
Wendy Long, New York's Republican U.S. Senate candidate, has lots to say about your ladyparts. As we reported last week, Long is apparently against abortion in all cases and anti-birth control. Now, news has surfaced indicating that Long has put contraception in a patriotic context, saying in stu ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
A week after a blistering series in the New York Times detailing his apparent complicity in an effort by Brooklyn's Ultra-Orthodox and Hasidic leaders to cover up sex abuse in their communities, Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes is in damage-control mode. We noted earlier this week that some ... More >>
Should we be penalizing people like this or just accept that it's a (sometimes hilarious) side-effect of the Information Age? The authorities in Fort Lee, New Jersey, are choosing the former.In a recent quasi-legal move, police officers in the village have shifted their position on "twext ... 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 >>
As the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade marches up Fifth Avenue today, an annual protest will take place. The group Irish Queers will call out the NYPD's participation in the event, which they say on their website "was redesigned so that anti-gay bigots could parade using the church's special right t ... More >>
Here's some good news for Manhattan cupcake monsters--Sprinkles Cupcakes will install three 24-hour cupcake vending machines around the city this year.
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 >>
We couldn't help but feel as if we were intruding while walking around backstage at Tracy Reese. It's as if we invaded her personal (ginormous) studio. The backdrop of the runway was a mix of photographs of people and places, colors and patterns, all inspirations of Reese. Friends and family gathere ... More >>
This week in food blogs ...Gothamist celebrated the return of McDonald's Shamrock Shake. Serious Eats took us on a photo tour of street-fair food in Kyoto. Huffington Post Food explained how to pick a restaurant for each astrological sign.
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 >>
If you think ordering a pasta dish in a restaurant is easier on your wallet, think again. Here are the menu items with the worst bang for your buck. [ABC News] Cheese is the most stolen food in the world, according to a recent survey. Following close behind are fresh meat, chocolate, alcohol ... More >>
Google just can't help revealing its inner foodie. First, it bought the long-running dining guide Zagat. Now HuffPost Food brings news that Google is teaming up with Dogfish Head to create a Pangea-inspired beer called URKontinent.
Ben & Jerry'sNot all that ballsy, as it happensIt seems that taste tests, like geese, travel in flocks. Or at least that's one way to account for the three that we've stumbled upon in the past six hours alone.
The lesser of the evils.Between Ramadan and resignation letters, Whole Foods has been having a pretty craptastic summer. Through it all, we've envisioned Trader Joe himself, resplendent in his Hawaiian shirt, laughing and stroking what is in our imagination a very large moustache. And today w ... More >>
Over at The Awl today, Choire Sicha wondered: who's messing with the Twitter of helpareporter.com, a service that helps reporters find sources for stories they're working on? @helpareporter was tweeting unlikely things like the following:
French eatery Le Lisita just couldn't take the pressure anymore and decided to voluntarily give back its Michelin star after the increased staff costs that came with the ranking hurt profits post-global financial meltdown. [The Telegraph] A food blogger in Taipei was sentenced to 30 days in ... More >>
FnJBnN/FlickrThe calm before the storm.So it looks like blue fin tuna is only the tip of a very long icepick where the world's imperiled marine life is concerned.
Craft brewers are furious over a new MillerCoors-backed piece of legislature in Wisconsin that they say will prevent micro-brewers from opening more than one brewpub to sell and market their own beer. [Salon] What are the top-selling beer holidays in the United States? We'll give you a hin ... More >>
In the age of publishing directly to the Internet, often with little or no editing, sometimes embarrassing things end up underneath the logo of otherwise legitimate news organizations. Though where the Washington Times fits on the legitimacy scale is arguable (see: Sun Myung Moon), a post on ... More >>
This afternoon gives new meaning to the term "news dump," as six boxes containing 24,199 printed pages of emails -- weighing 250 pounds -- from Sarah Palin's half-term as governor of Alaska become part of the public record. For each publication that filed the necessary open law records paperw ... More >>
Today in uncool corporate news, we have the case of humorless fashion retailer Forever 21, a store that has, for the record, been sued various times for copyright infringement. Despite being rather public Christians (their bags have "John 3:16" written at the bottom), they seem to be not part ... More >>
Yesterday the New York Times announced that Bill Keller will step down as the executive editor and be replaced by managing editor Jill Abramson, while Keller will focus on just writing. Keller seems to have started this transition when he took on a column in the redesigned New York Times Maga ... More >>