It is ugly out there. Winter storm Nika swept into town late last night, bringing with her heavy snow, sleet, freezing rain, traffic jams, public transit delays, and a risk of power outages. The National Weather Service is forecasting accumulations of 4 to 6 inches of snow, and a quarter inch to f ... More >>
Hey, girl. It's really early, the snow has turned into muddy, slippery crunch-ice, and the Metropolitan Transit Authority is reporting delays on the 2, 4, 5, 6, D, Q, J, Z, and N, which is a lot of train lines. It's only Tuesday and this week already feels like a long and hopeless tunnel stretching ... More >>
This year's Super Bowl marks the first time New York City has hosted the big game in its 48-year-history. To honor the occasion, the NFL has banned traditional tailgating in the New Jersey parking lots that surround the stadium, thereby dispensing with the only reason to get to a game early. While y ... More >>
Welcome to de Blasio's New York: a magical winter wonderland where the streets are deserted and the schools are closed. The Long Island Expressway, which closed at midnight, is expected to remain closed until 8 a.m. Friday. Interstate 84 remains closed through 8 a.m. as well. I-87 is open to pass ... More >>
You better watch out if you live around Tompkins Square Park because come 10 a.m., the sleepy public square will be crawling with brass monkey-breathed Santas primed for a day of drunken revelry. The Alphabet City park is the official starting place for this year's SantaCon.
the New York Liberty take on the Tulsa Shock
If there was any doubt that the girl who caused a commotion in Twitter-town over the weekend wasn't completely full of shit when she claimed someone was in her house and asked people to call 9-1-1, above is a surveillance photo of the girl taken just after she posted her "tweet" for help.The photo w ... More >>
The Long Island Rail Road isn't just fraught with fraud: Looks like the MTA's plan to hook up the LIRR to Grand Central Terminal might be delayed a third time, the New York Post reports. What this means? The long-awaited, $7 billion connection wouldn't be complete until 2019, four years after the ... More >>
Free money! As part of its campaign against drunk driving, the city's Department of Transportation has launched a "Safe Rides Home" giveaway promotion with thousands of free taxi, livery, and public transit rides in honor of, what else, March Madness. It's a part of this slightly oddly-named init ... More >>
City living is no lark for pigeons. The second-most hated urban animal will soon be booted from the George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal. The Daily News notes that pigeons have called the rundown station home for some time, but will be kicked out when the terminal undergoes $183 million in renova ... More >>
Das Racist, New York's Best Rap Moguls With A Business Plan. It's Best Of New York day! We've honored about 40 different music-related entities in our annual roundup of the best this city has to offer, from the Best Twitterer to the Best Fiddler to the Best Radio Show. Congratulations to all ... More >>
William Forsythe, Martha Clarke, Shantala Shivalingappa, and more.
A New Jersey Transit bus driver sat dead in the passenger seat of his idling bus at the Port Authority for five hours before being noticed, the Post reports. The bus returned from the Meadowlands at 10:30 a.m. Sunday and Thomas Truex's body wasn't discovered until later that afternoon. The ca ... More >>
Rihanna w/J. Cole Izod Center Thursday, July 21 Better than: Being outside in weather that makes you feel like you're perpetually trapped in the car with hot air blowing on you while you wait "just a few minutes while the engine gets going" for the AC to kick in. A friend of mine recently ... More >>
Looking very much like a prison entrance, the door to Penn Station beckons. Let's face it, Penn Station is never going to be a foodie destination. The hallways are too thronged, the smells too rancid, the eateries too narrow, with tables too filthy. Yet in this great dung heap of a railway ... More >>
Good lord. All Tomorrow's Parties is bringing their boutique full-immersion indie-rock weekend blowout to a new spot this year: Asbury Park, NJ. ATP's three-day I'll Be Your Mirror fest will be partially curated by Portishead (!) and headlined by none other than fuckin' Jeff Mangum (!!!!), la ... More >>
via @DevonGrandy/TwitpicThe snow count is in. We got 9.1 inches last night (according to numbers in Central Park, via NY1). That does not a blizzard make, but it's pretty, for the moment! No major public transport delays, though the MTA has issued a Winter Weather Service Advisory. In related ... More >>
Governor Paterson has delivered a week-long "time-out" to people jabbering and fighting about the proposed downtown Islamic Center. Hey, perhaps it's a good time for a break from our religious intolerance and real estate bitchiness, at least for a little while.
Dont even think about driving to the Giants game
On Saturday, the Times ran an overview of the woes facing this summer's tours, which have seen sales overall suffer despite sellouts for the likes of Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber. Even the Eagles--once an act that could be guaranteed to print money from boomers--have suffered during the dog da ... More >>
Happy June 1st! If you didn't know, today is the magical day that the New York/New Jersey Port Authority and related transportation organizations with be experimenting with Mastercard's PayPass technology at certain MTA subway stops, buses, and on the NJ Transit. More importantly: in other wo ... More >>
Earlier today, we brought news of the MetroCard Killer known as PayPass, which is one of those wonderful little technologies much like London's Oystercard service: You touch a card to a sensor, and it lets you through. No more "SWIPE AGAIN" error messages for New Yorkers? Oh yes. And now, the ... More >>
Live in Jersey? Go to Jersey? Never been to Jersey? Either way, you've probably heard of or experienced the pain of the PATH or the NJ Transit or the Holland Tunnel. Which make the MTA trains feel like a chariot and the bridges like magical yellow brick roads.
We're heading up to Columbia U tonight to hear from professor Stephen Fried as he offers a public talk about his newest book, Appetite for America: How Visionary Businessman Fred Harvey Built a Railroad Hospitality Empire That Civilized the Wild West. We've hardly been able to put the thing ... More >>
If you were expecting someone from Jersey and they were taking the train, here's why they're late: there was a power outage at Penn Station that screwed up Amtrak and New Jersey Transit service to and from the station. Some trains were reported stranded between stations, but there was enough ... More >>
Avenue D and 10th Street ca. 1937. h/t The Bowery Boys. Four men dressed as the Super Mario Brothers beat up and robbed a cabbie in Staten Island on Halloween. The Staten Island Advance has the story and some bizarre footage. A mysterious powder was found on the floor of a New Jersey Tra ... More >>
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