[Summer Guide 2014]
New York resolutions
If New York City Subway advertisements are anything to go by, the absolute most important gift to bestow upon a loved one this December is the opportunity to smell like Nicki Minaj, whose new perfume Minajesty is now out and available for purchase. But why should the chance to rock somebody's nose l ... More >>
Barneys is having a horrendous week. You can tell by their press releases, which started out rather snippy and have escalated rapidly into something that looks a lot like panic. Last Thursday, 19-year-old Trayon Christian came forward with a lawsuit alleging he was racially profiled at the famed Ma ... More >>
At CPAC (that's "Conservative Political Action Conference" for those of you who don't trust the liberal bias of acronyms) this morning, Donald Trump told the gathered audience of Email chain letter–forwarders that "Our Country is in very, very serious trouble." Luckily, Trump let everyone know ... More >>
Raekwon is the mayor of fly shit. Snow Beach pullovers to Cuban links, his oft-imitated style and slang have been referenced for the past 20 years -- as Cappadonna once put it, "Half the East Coast sound just like Rae"). In the past, he's accused Frank White of biting his visual style. Today, if he ... 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 >>
Food and beverage giant Nestle is accused of targeting Latinos in the Bronx in its Pure Life water campaign. [NY Daily News] After saying "I do," it's good to learn, "I won't," as marriage is not always good for the waistline. [Seattle Times] Allen Bernstein, who helped build Morton's of Ch ... More >>
Fireworks in Five Seconds--NYC from John Huntington on Vimeo.Already feeling nostalgic for the Fourth of July as you reach the end of your first day back to work? Watch this 20-second time lapse made of the sunset and Macy's fireworks over the Hudson River. It will make you long for a hamburger and ... More >>
Since 1958, the Macy's Fourth of July fireworks display has been a New York City tradition. The fireworks were originally set off on the Hudson, but in 1976 they moved to the East River. Last year, they returned to the Hudson to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson's exploration of ... More >>
Scott Jorgenson, a Minneapolis man, has completed a 30-day stint of living inside The Mall Of America. Unfortunately for him, he didn't get to spend his days browsing the black light posters and fart machines Spencer's Gifts -- he lived inside a glass box and learned how to eat and live bette ... More >>
New pieces by Brian Dykstra and Steven Banks join a Yule-logged season
That's right, kids. Rent has finally become so depoliticized and mainstreamed that its tunes are being used to hawk merchandise on the telly.
Finally, there is some rest for the wicked on Project Runway. This season has been as wham-bam as any, with one-day challenges the norm and the designs often running unrealized as a result; then again, as we all know, Michelangelo's David was carved over a long lunch break (hold the prosciutt ... More >>
Italian-American heritage groups and residents of the Jersey shore are threatening boycotts over a new reality series, Jersey Shore, which MTV is promoting as a look at nine of the "hottest, tannest, craziest Guidos" displaying big hair, good abs, and various forms of lack of continence in a ... More >>
Yesterday, the bombshell dropped that dethroned Miss Calfornia Carrie Prejean has a sex tape floating around, one that the ever sensitive TMZ.com won't publish because it's just too tit-iliciously racy. But just the fact that a tape like that exists makes my own chest swell with fury!
BravoAfter a week's hiatus, Top Chef was back in all its lurid glory, injecting viewers with its characteristic dose of pre-fabricated drama, grown-up babies with sleeve tattoos, and ill-prepared seafood. Last night's episode also gave us what was possibly Padma's worst choice of apparel yet ... More >>
Photo borrowed from Bravo We're week two into Bravo's Top Chef Masters and the winner has already been leaked. SF-based food writer Grace Ann Walden has apparently revealed the winner in her Yummy Newsletter, and MenuPages Chicago confirmed the tip. Quoth the chef's publicist: "You want my comment ... More >>
Mayor Bloomberg's always looking for green energy stuff for the city, and now this "High-Altitude Wind Machines Could Power New York City" story is making the rounds. The technology dates back to the 1970s, the last time people were taking this seriously. If you get these proposed devices (some of w ... More >>
An agitprop video from the Israeli government. See the Forward's "YouTube Yanks Israeli Army Videos." Who would have guessed that, with the end of the disastrous Bush regime in sight, we would have been so gloomy on New Year's Eve 2008? You'd think this would be a time of celebration, or at lea ... More >>
The season's big-store displays include the artful and artless, plus Mike the Snowflake
"Where's Reverend Billy?" asked a young woman with a camera. The acolyte who'd handed her a flyer for the Buy-Nothing day event at the north end of Union Square (detailing the activist Rev's "10 Commandments of Buylessness," and including a "Fun Page" of BND activities) thought a moment, then said, ... More >>
In 2002, AARP's "Best Employers for Workers Over 50" included two (2) companies from the New York area. This year's list of 25 geezer-friendly firms includes no New York companies. Within commuting distance, if you can get your tired old bones out there, are Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jer ... More >>
Socially conscious drawings evolve at the Morgan Library
Beware the hair-dryer throne! The Art Parade returns for its third year.
Lost anvils, fallen women, misplaced prosthetics, and other old classifieds
'Fish gotta swim, birds gotta fly, I'm going to love one man till I die'
From a lingering case of boarding school nerves to quirky pleasures of the middle ages
Oozing Pus, Monster Trucks, Bleeding Brains, Broken Glass, and Beaver
''How can you dislike a Barbara Walters co-anchor who had a birthday party at Hooters?''
The Surveillance Society: Part One