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  • Voice Choices

    February 19, 2014


    Visions + Voices hosts 
artists from China

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2013

    Yankee Stadium Prices Illustrate Two New Yorks; The Rich One at the Game, The Other, Watching at Home

    The revelations last week over beer prices in major league baseball stadiums gives us a chance to use it to illustrate what has become a central topic in this year's remarkable mayoral campaign--the city's shrinking middle class and the ever broadening economic gap between the rich and poor. This a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2013

    Aurora Snow on Sydney Leathers' Possible HIV Exposure: "I Don't Have Much to Add"

    Porn actor Cameron Bay came forward Wednesday admitting that her recent unconfirm HIV diagnosis is the reason why the porn industry is on ice until further notice. Some good old shoe leather over at Gawker revealed that the last porn actor to have unprotected sex with Bay was Xander Corvus, the man ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    August 7, 2013
  • Blogs

    May 7, 2013

    Here Comes Debtfair, a Market for Art Inequality Across the City

    "Starving artists" may be an affectionate term for the city's legions of struggling creatives, but it belies a more disturbing trend. Art market prices have shot up faster than the GDP, and the globalization of the marketplace prompted NPR's Adam Davidson to conclude last year that the "art market, ... More >>

  • Art

    February 6, 2013
  • Blogs

    November 28, 2012

    Marvin Miller: One Of The Most Important Men In Sports

    Marvin Miller, who died early yesterday of cancer at age 95, was more than what Red Barber once called him: "along with Babe Ruth and Jackie Robinson, one of the three most important men in baseball history." He was, for almost four decades, one of the most important men in all of sports He was th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2012

    Carnival Reverses Their Ban On Drag Customers

    Yesterday, I wrote about how Carnival advised patrons who'd paid for a "Drag Stars at Sea" cruise, which will feature drag performers, that they are not to dress in drag or they will be kicked off the boat with no refund! The reason? They don't want to upset the children!!!! After some backlash ov ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    November 21, 2012


    Catch Mick Jagger in Performance

  • Art

    November 14, 2012
  • Voice Choices

    September 12, 2012

    Fired Up

    The Red Bulls take on Kansas City

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2012

    Five Musicians Who Could Open Strip Clubs Way More Rock And Roll Than Vince Neil's Girls, Girls, Girls

    Just in the nick of time—i.e., right before "Girls, Girls, Girls" dipped below the "20% of all music played in strip clubs everywhere" threshold—the Déjà Vu chain of strip clubs brought Motley Crue's Vince Neil on board to rebrand one of their Las Vegas locations as Vince Neil's Girls, ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    December 21, 2011
  • Blogs

    September 20, 2011

    Bronx Beep to Yanks: Pave Parking Lot, Put Up Hotel Paradise

    Diaz' Facebook profile pic: Only 602 saves short of Mo.​With the new ballfields intended to replace those bulldozed five years ago to make way for Yankee Stadium: The Next Generation finally nearing completion — look, you can even see them now on Google Maps! — it's time to finally ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2011

    New York Is Dirty, But Not the Dirtiest

    ​According to a ranking of America's dirtiest cities by Travel and Leisure magazine (thank you, Travel and Leisure), New York City is not at the very top of dirtiness in terms of cities that are dirty -- that honor goes to New Orleans. But fear not, New Yorkers, we're still in the top 10. We'r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2011

    Lap Dances Will Be Taxed, Rules Court

    ​According to a recent ruling by a state appeals court, strip clubs will have to pay sales tax on lap dances. The law requiring dances to be taxed had been in effect since 1965, but an upstate club called Nite Moves recently argued that stripping was "performance art" -- like, you know, ballet ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    June 8, 2011


    Raise a glass of Klingon blood to William Shatner

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2011

    Is Porn Better With a Plot Or Not?

    ​There are two kinds of porn lovers--avid ones and liars. And there are two kinds of porn movies--ones with elaborate plots and tons of dialogue and ones where they just open the door and get it on. I picked up a bunch of both types at the birthday party for Gawker's Brian Moylan the other n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2011

    New York City Is Decent for People Watching, Says Travel Magazine

    ​When you think of places to people-watch, you probably think...hmm, New York City! Right? Partly because maybe you live here, or have at least visited; partly because New York really does have the best people-watching. Travel and Leisure has now rated the best U.S.A. cities for people-watchin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2011

    Cruise Ships in Brooklyn to Get 'Giant Electrical Outlet' to Plug Into

    ​We've come a long way, people. At one point we thought the world was flat! Now cruise ships docking at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal will get to plug into a giant electrical outlet instead of spreading their diesel fumes into Red Hook. It's taken two years of "plug negotiations" (not the offic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2011

    Qaddafi Forces Withdraw From Key City; Carles Quits; Possible Pub Crawl Ban

    ​Libyan rebels have regained control of Adjabiya, a key city in the east. Adjabiya is considered a gateway to Libya's oil fields. In other Libya news, a woman named Eman al-Obeidy fought to tell foreign journalists her story of alleged rape and abuse by 15 government soldiers. She broke into ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    March 23, 2011
  • Blogs

    March 3, 2011

    iPad 2 Will Be a Sex Machine

    ​In the deluge of uninteresting news about the forthcoming iPad 2 from Apple, it's tough for media organizations to find an original angle. For the New York Daily News, the answer is breasts -- the answer is always breasts. "The launch of Apple's iPad 2 on Wednesday left a lot of consumers exc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2011

    Help Make New York City Rude Again

    Lady Gaga, rude New Yorker​Since mid-February a spirited campaign has quietly been brewing to return New York City to its former glory. See, Travel and Leisure magazine had the nerve to place NYC at second place on their rudest cities in America list, behind Los Angeles. In response, someone s ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    February 23, 2011
  • Blogs

    February 7, 2011

    Disney Will Own Your Baby, and Therefore You

    ​The Walt Disney Company is angling to start kids even earlier on the Disney brand (and take a slice of the $36.3 billion baby-market pie) with a program called Disney Baby, in which representatives visit new moms in U.S. maternity hospitals and give them free Disney Cuddly Bodysuits, which ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2011

    Only 30 Percent of Americans Have Passports: Why It Matters

    Fanny packs, khakis, baseball caps: the American tourist.​According to a new report from the Office of Travel and Tourism Industries, only 30 percent of Americans currently have a valid passport. And in 2009, the number of trips outside the U.S. fell by three percent. Compare our stats to tho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2011

    The Internet Is Killing Hotel Porn

    ​It's the end of an era! (For some.) And so, we bid a fond adieu to pay-per-view porn in Marriott Hotels, which will be getting rid of access to adult movies in new hotels, with an eventual move to rid their tawdry sheen from the entire chain. This is not, however, due to some newfound family ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    December 22, 2010


    Take a chance on Casino Jack

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2009

    Introducing the Noodle Waterslide--And All the Noodles Say "Weeeeeee!"

    Make playing with your food a family affair with this Noodle Waterslide made by Japanese toymaker, Bandai. Available in Japan for 8,400 yen (about $85), it's like a Hot Wheels track set for your food. [TokyoMango via CNET]

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2009

    Stadium Easier to Build than Schoolyard

    It's buried on page 29 of today's Daily News, but the Juan Gonzalez column on the Yankees may be the best story of the day.    The column points out that All Hallows High School still doesn't have a home baseball field that was promised to them in 2006 by both Mayor Bloomberg and the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2009

    Oh, Canada. More Food Obamamania

    A very earnest pastryMaybe you all have heard of the Canadian snack known as BeaverTails, but I had not before a press release from the Ottawa Tourism Board pinged into my inbox. Apparently, the BeaverTail is a fried whole wheat dough stretched into the shape of a beaver's tail ("one of Canada's nat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2009

    When Elephants Fight: Not-quite-liveblogging the Brodsky Yankees Hearing

    This morning in Yankeefunland: Assemblymember Richard Brodsky's surprise last-second hearing on the latest round of taxpayer-financed Yanks and Mets stadium bonds, with promised testimony (under duress) from Yankees president Randy Levine and city Economic Development Corporation chief Seth Pinsky. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2009

    Brodsky Hearing: IBO Says Mets, Yanks Stadiums Costing Taxpayers $1.2 Billion

    Play-by-play of Assemblymember Richard Brodsky's hearing on the new Yankees stadium project, continued from last post: 11:29 am: Brodsky and Yankees president Randy Levine are now squabbling over which documents have and haven't been provided when. Moments later, city development chief Seth Pinsky ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2009

    How Adorable Was My Trash Talk On Countdown The Other Night?

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  • Blogs

    December 1, 2008

    Fans Sour on Yanks' Suite Deal

    Yankee fans are weighing in on the city's bizarre deal for a Yankee Stadium luxury box -- even the Yankees' official fan board has a "Bend Over Taxpayers of NY!!!!" post, though so far it has drawn no discussion. "Corruption and graft in New York?" asks Pinstripe Alley. "Say it ain't so! River Aven ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2008

    The Yanks' Suite Deal With Bloomberg

    It was buried about as far as you can bury something without hitting Jimmy Hoffa -- the Saturday edition of Thanksgiving weekend -- but the Daily News' Juan Gonzalez revealed yesterday that the Bloomberg administration traded 250 free parking spaces and city approval of tax-exempt bonds for a luxury ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2008

    The Yankee Stadium Kerfuffle: A Crib Sheet

    photo by Shelley Panzarella (cc) [The taxpayer costs of the new Yankee Stadium have been much in the news. Neil deMause, co-author of the definitive stadium-boondoggle guide Field of Schemes, answers key questions about it. -- ed.] State assemblymember Richard Brodsky was largely silent during th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2008

    Sheraton Turns Sheep Meadow Into Office

    To celebrate its new Link@Sheraton "technology lounge" feature (presumably more spectacular than the business centers currently offered in many hotels), Sheraton is holding a "Global Out of the Office Day" in Central Park's Sheep Meadow today. About 600 employees of parent group Starwood Hotels & Re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2008

    Cruise Ships and the Art of Piracy

    The Times today notes that cruise lines are bolstering their revenue with on-ship art auctions that tend to take advantage of passengers who don’t really understand what they’re buying. Jori Finkel’s fine piece goes into detail about some accusations against Park West Gallery, a company that m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2008

    City on Yanks Bond Details: Reply Hazy, Ask Again Later

    As promised, state assemblymember Richard Brodsky held a hearing this morning into the Yankees' latest request for $350 million (or so - see below) in city-backed tax-exempt bonds to help pay for extra doodads for their new stadium. The surprise: On the hot seat for the entire three-hour hearing was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2008

    Yankees to City: What’s Another $350M Between Friends?

    What? This stadium just isn't good enough? Next time you're tempted to conclude that New York's state legislature is entirely useless, remember this: State Assemblymember Richard Brodsky broke the news on Tuesday that the Yankees are looking to get an additional $350 million in city tax-exempt bon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2008

    Heath Ledger Knew How to Flirt With the Gays!

    According to a very weird New York Times T magazine blog post by hotelier Jeff Klein, when an "old queen" event planner of the "gay persuasion" thought Heath had just checked him out in the lobby, Heath—having overheard the guy say that to Klein—made a point of playfully winking at him, mainly t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2007

    Yanks Reach First Place ... In Stadium Subsidies

    The House That Your Taxes Built: The new Yankee Stadium and the old, soon to be demolished one Photo by Christopher Pierro One of the enduring questions about the new Yankee Stadium, now rising like a supersized doppelganger in the former public park across the street from the House That Ruth Buil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2006

    New Yorkers Get Zip From New Mets Park

    The Mets revealed the city's worst-kept secret today (hint: if you want to keep something from leaking out, try not to put it on a giant sign) with the announcement that when the team's new stadium opens in 2009, it will be known as CitiField. Under the terms of the naming-rights agreement, Citi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2006

    Yanks Get OK To Zap Park

    A state judge on Tuesday refused to stop the Yankees from going ahead with their plan to build a new stadium in Macombs Dam Park, clearing the way for tomorrow's groundbreaking—and a protest by local residents who've fought to stop the taking of their green space. The Bloomberg administration ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2006

    Gentlemen, Start Your Bulldozers

    The other shoe has dropped: The city's Industrial Development Agency announced at 4 p.m. today that the Internal Revenue Service has approved the convoluted tax-exempt bond scheme that would raise $1.56 billion to build new stadiums for the Mets and Yankees. Following the Yankees' successful Nationa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2006

    Mets to Pay Nearly Nothing for New Stadium

    Last Wednesday's endorsement of the Yanks and Mets stadium deals by the board of the Empire State Development Corporation wasn't really news: As a wholly owned subsidiary of Governor Pataki's office, the ESDC is a lock to back anything coming out of Albany. Nor was it exactly a shocker when the ESDC ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2005

    Yankees Plan Marks Parks

    There'll be new parks along with the new stadium, but a principle is being razed In the New York Yankees' stadium saga, Macombs Dam Park has long been the whipping boy. Back in 1994, as Yankees officials were complaining about the crime and parking problems around their 161st Street home, the te ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2005

    Shelly Sacs the Stadium

    Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver told reporters Monday that he'd vote against the West Side stadium at an afternoon meeting of the state's Public Authorities Control Board, appearing to doom the centerpiece of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's development plans for the city. Senate Majority leader Joe Bruno ... More >>

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