It seems like about half my friends have split town in the last decade or so, and I totally sort of understand, though I deeply resent the following excuses that I've heard from some of the defectors: (5) I had to leave after 9-11. Huh? Did you think that kind of thing was going to happen every d ... More >>
On Franklin Road and North 21st Avenue in Caldwell, Idaho, this little sign above exists. Even though it really bears no repeating, here's what it says.On the left is a picture Aurora shooting suspect, James Holmes - the man behind the largest mass shooting in American history - and a count of the n ... More >>
Sure, a lot of stuff is way better now, but why get all gooey and feelgood all of a sudden? Here are the the things that were better then. (10) There wasn't a polished sameness to Manhattan. There were "bad neighborhoods." There was grit. I love grit!
The good news: Drug resistant head lice will not eat your brain! The bad news: Drug resistant head lice might actually be a thing! An item posted today on the Greening the Apple, the Environmental Protection Agency's New York City blog, suggests that these nasty bugs have gotten better at doing ... More >>
ABC News got its hands on a juicy story out of Idaho about a possible Big Foot sighting caught on tape. There is one minor problem, though: Big Foot isn't real. Like, not even a little bit.The story currently is the second featured story on ABC's New York affiliate's "news" website (right after Mike ... More >>
Two nights with Youth Lagoon
I'm in today's Times in a piece that asks various LGBT notables for the gay film that changed their lives. Playwright Paula Vogel said Go Fish, designer John Bartlett picked Querelle, and writer Dustin Lance Black went for My Own Private Idaho. And me?
Mark GhuneimYouth Lagoon Mercury Lounge November 15 Better Than: Sitting at home waiting for Questlove's predictions about OWS to come true. Before Youth Lagoon's set at the Mercury Lounge, I had tried to describe the Boise, Idaho native's music to a friend by saying that his debut album Th ... More >>
Tony Ward, Hustler WhiteIt's the guys' turn. These are the studs who sold it to their audience as persuasively as they did to their screen clients. Get out your PayPal accounts.
Because we like our smells to come in books instead of from people or street corners (do we? DO WE?), or maybe because this is kind of a great gift to give some non- or former New Yorker, we're happy to write that the scratch-n-sniff book we wrote about last month has been fully funded by Kic ... More >>
The eggs can be used to amaze and mystify children. You've probably seen the display of ostrich and emu eggs at the green-awninged Roaming Acres Farm at the Greenmarkets. The ostrich eggs are bone-white, strangely shiny, and of unbelievable girth. In fact, an ostrich yolk is the world's la ... More >>
In Lost, Hurley's numbers (4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42) win him a $114 million jackpot, but then haunt him for the remainder of the show, showing up in all sorts of creepy places, most notably an old computer where a button must be pushed to "save the world." In real life, the numbers are worth $150 ... More >>
Hearing the crowd's complex mixture of excitement, bewilderment, and trepidation when Built to Spill frontman Doug Martsch announces "This is a Grateful Dead song" is a wonderful thing, but longtime fans of the spectacularly bearded, voluminously noodle-y indie-guitar giants will hardly be su ... More >>
FloFab notices the tiki trend, highlighting The Hurricane Club and Lani Kai as two new tropical cocktail bars opening this fall. [NY Times] Boozy milkshakes are all the rage, such as those found at Brooklyn Bowl, Blue Ribbon, and BLT Burger. [NY Times] Late-summer cocktails, pitchers, tik ... More >>
Mississippi is the most obese state in the country for the sixth year in a row, according to the seventh annual "F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future" report. New York tied for 36th place with Florida and Idaho. [NY Daily News] The Guggenheim Museum is seeking permission from ... More >>
Hardee's hopes to boost sales with its new Hand-Breaded Chicken Tenders, dipped in a buttermilk and egg batter, rolled in seasoned flour, and fried. The idea was inspired by its Made From Scratch biscuits. [MarketWatch] Scotland is cracking down on food waste with the introduction of special ... More >>
Rick MoserNow, this is more like it, Times Square! Industrial-sized vermin, confession, and a call to action? Crappy gifts to prove to your relatives in Idaho that you actually visited the big city and survived despite wearing Tevas with socks the entire time? A lunch that you can fold in one ... More >>
Which of these represents the true future of pizza? The fastidious cone ($5.90) or the sloppy slice ($2.50)? You decide... Just this afternoon I found myself standing in a long line that snaked out the door of a new pizza parlor opposite the Empire State Building. When I say new, I mean rea ... More >>
You've heard a lot about Joseph Leonard. Now, listen to the recipe for its pan-roasted chicken. For a small, quaint West Village restaurant, Joseph Leonard has had a difficult time staying out of the press since it opened last summer. Even after the opening buzz died down, it made headlines f ... More >>
In 2006, Pamela Blackwell opened her first restaurant, Blossom Restaurant & Cafe, in Chelsea, and won a devoted following for her organic, vegan cuisine. Two weeks ago, Blackwell opened Cocoa V down the street from Blossom (which has a sister location on the Upper West Side, and beginning ne ... More >>
Salmon hot pot--made with arctic char One of the only good things about summer's passing is the arrival of soup season. Just in time, Japanese Hot Pots: Comforting One-Pot Meals by Matsuri chef Tadashi Ono and writer Harris Salat comes out a week from today. Japanese hot pot, or nabemono, ... More >>
One of the things that makes Staten Island a unique part of our gorgeous mosaic is, while the rest of us are all cosmopolitan and tolerant, Staten Island has skinheads -- and we don't mean conscious peace punks, but skinheads like they have in Russia and at Idaho survivalist compounds. Witnes ... 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 >>
New Yorkers, crank those middle fingers up -- someone is complaining about our driving again. A study conducted by insurance company GMAC has taken a look at the "driving knowledge" of individuals in various states, and, as it turns out, New Yorkers suck at knowing the rules of the road. They pulled ... More >>
Your own private Idaho. When you can no longer afford even a night out in Boise, Idaho, your country's in deep financial trouble. In a clever immorality tale about 21st century capitalism, the Wall Street Journal tells us this morning that people in the Intermountain West are having to give up m ... More >>
The B-52's keep the party crunk, '00s-style
A Mormon female-bonding fantasy
The legendary documentarian gets inside the power and process of the Idaho state legislature
Does Canada really have its own cuisine?
Sherman Alexie's young hero sets off on a journey across time and race
Why can't show folk tell duck from turkey?
NYPD on filming protests: No harm, no foul
The author might have forgotten why she's a vegetarianbut don't ask her to quit now
Welcome to the droll house: American geekhood finds a new icon in a clueless Idaho teen
Angels in the Architecture
Republicans Plan a Hydrogen Economyat Your Expense
U.S. Invites Europe to Dump Radioactive Waste Here
Buford Furrow's Journey of Hate to L.A.
Coming Out to a Theater Near You