Long before guys like Steve Jobs and Neil deGrasse Tyson helped geeks get their shine, Devo were flaunting their bookish background and turning the world's idea of what rock stars look and sound like on its head. For the last 40 years cofounding bassist Jerry Casale shared the stage with his brother ... More >>
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Manhattanhenge showed up over the New York skyline this past Friday -- if only partially through the clouds.
This week in Cheap Laughs, we hang out in bookstores, right a historic wrong done to Staten Island, brag abut Brooklyn's best live talk show, and hear tall tales about the very worst topic known to man: cheating. Here are our picks for independently produced New York comedy worth your time over the ... More >>
The CBGB biopic is out this week, and with it, the collective sound of every living old punk groaning. As we wrote in the review, this thing is a real stinker--a mostly turgid, boring-as-hell, campy slog. There's a lot the film misses, but that's forgivable, we suppose: It's hard to wrap up that muc ... More >>
Manhattanhenge! Where the demons dwell/Where the banshees live, and they do live well ... Yes, it's that time of year again. Time to sing the traditional songs, prepare the traditional libations--Manhattanhenge is upon us.
Manhattanhenge has arrived--the day of the year when the cosmos miraculously aligns with the grid plan. At sunset (around 8:15 p.m.), the sun will set on rows of streets like a pinball queuing up for play, with half the orb sitting on top of the street horizon and the other half beneath. Neil deG ... More >>
Happy Manhattanhenge! So what the hell is Manhattanhenge, you might ask? On May 29 and July 12 every year, the sunset lines up with Manhattan's street grid which, as the Hayden Planetarium puts it, simultaneously illuminates "both the north and south sides of every cross street of the borough."
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New obsession: Neil deGrasse Tyson. Tyson is the director of the Hayden Planetarium, hosts the StarTalk Radio Show, and came up with the term Manhattanhenge. He's the type of guy you long to have as a science professor, because, even if you're pretty sure you won't do well in the class, you'll at l ... More >>
SahadevaTonight and tomorrow night at sunset comes that magical twice-a-year moment when the sun sets in exact alignment with the Manhattan grid. Neil deGrasse Tyson coined the term "Manhattanhenge" to describe this rare occurrence. He writes, "the setting sun aligns precisely with the Manhat ... More >>
Each week, Death by Science sends out an all-points bulletin for the latest science and technology news, tracks it down and beats a confession out of it. This week, we wake up, rub the sleep out of our eyes, roll over in bed and ask the Space Shuttle, "So, now what?" (We had sex with the Sp ... More >>
Hayden PlanetariumManhattanhenge -- the awesome phenomenon in which the sun aligns with Manhattan's grid -- is happening again tonight. Same time, same place, slight difference. Last night, half of the sun's face was cut off by the horizon line, but tonight the whole circumference will be vis ... More >>
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There's a full moon tonight, which means ERs will be crowded, tides will be amplified and stark naked men will awake tomorrow in London's Hyde Park, wondering why blood is dripping from their chins. When you look up at the sky tonight, try to imagine what it would look like if, say, Jupiter or Neptu ... More >>
SahadevaSomething special is happening this Sunday. Per Neil deGrasse Tyson, who coined the phrase "Manhattanhenge," what you're about to see if you stick around is "one of only two occasions when the Sun sets in exact alignment with the Manhattan grid, fully illuminating every single cross-s ... More >>
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