A thin, bright slice of a café near the edge of Little Italy, Happy Bones (394 Broome Street; 212-673-3754) is the by-default New Zealand entrant of the New York coffee scene. Happy Bones was founded by two artistic types (see a theme here?): New Zealander Luke Harwood, who previously co-founded St ... More >>
Connan Mockasin is one of the most interesting, creepy, and compelling people of the year: he sings like a baby girl, wears silk dresses, and has the face of a German murderer. He's Klaus Kinski in a golden kimono, on helium. There's something about him that's both bewilderingly androgynous and tot ... More >>
Erin Scala, originally from the state for lovers (Virginia), is currently having a love affair with New Zealand, especially the wines. She's a female force on the NYC sommelier scene and has run the wine show at The Musket Room (265 Elizabeth Street, 212-219-0764), New York's first restaurant showca ... More >>
When the Upper West Side and Prospect Heights outposts of Australian-themed Sunburnt Calf--satellites of East Village staple Sunburnt Cow and now-defunct LES bar Bondi Road--shuttered back in May, Aussies Tim Harris and Matilda Boland, who'd met doing time at the restaurants, jumped at the chance to ... More >>
In the latest "rappers being awful in Australia" news: Harlem-based A$AP Rocky slapped a female fan during his show in Sydney. Watch footage of the slap after the jump.
If it's still light outside, you can look through the two-room dining room of the Musket Room, which opened at 265 Elizabeth Street two weeks ago, and see a lush courtyard, a quiet, verdant oasis that backs up to the window on the back wall. The view imparts a mellow vibe, and if you want (and the t ... More >>
You are forgiven if the name John Sharkey III doesn't mean much to you. Last time he performed in NYC under the Puerto Rico Flowers moniker, you may have been gyrating at a discotek or standing on the sidewalk with a slice of pizza. The time before that, you could have been watching a group called t ... More >>
In a new campaign from Animals Australia, a video addresses animal welfare and factory farming in song. A cute piglet sings "Somewhere" from West Side Story, and is joined by a chorus of caged pigs and chickens. Watch the video below: [See More Clips of the Day: Pun Hunting in the Kitchen | How to ... More >>
Tropfest celebrates 20 years
Congrats, kid! Let's say you're one lucky bitch and you happened to have bought a golden ticket that nabbed you 15 million smackers after taxes.
Photo courtesy Michael CamplinMichael Camplin needs some sleepYesterday we spoke with Michael "Kiwi" Camplin, chef at the new Meatpacking District restaurant the Vinatta Project, about his upbringing in New Zealand and the intricacies of creating a small plates menu. Today we get a bit more p ... More >>
Photo courtesy Michael CamplinJust call Michael Camplin "Kiwi"The Mulberry Project has gained a boozy following largely because of its bespoke cocktail program which lets imbibers pick several favorite flavors and the bartender does the rest. Complementing the cocktails is a menu of small pla ... More >>
Fancy some hokey pokey ice cream?Sarah M. asks: I just got back from a trip to New Zealand and loved it. What are New York's top spots for Kiwi cuisine? Dear Sarah: Unfortunately, New York doesn't boast many New Zealand restaurants. In fact, I only know of three. But they're definitely wort ... More >>
Puja PatelWith more than a thousand bands in the city for CMJ, there's a strong chance you'll happen to run into one on the streets, hanging out after a show, or taking advantage of an open bar at a blog party. Here we'll check in with musicians we spot during the festival to see how they're ... More >>
Lord knows whenever I work out, I run around in my swimsuit all along Bondi beach in Australia as a photographer captures the action. And I'm pleased to know I'm not alone in this rigorous routine. Apparently the ageless and sinewy Hugh Jackman does the very same thing!
chefmarksimmons.comMention New Zealand cuisine to an American, and you're likely to be met with a blank stare. Beyond the odd kiwi fruit and jars of Marmite, even many of our self-proclaimed dining sophisticates can't conceptualize what such food might entail. But if Mark Simmons has anything ... More >>
Happy Feet, a young emperor penguin, is stranded in New Zealand. It (scientists haven't determined if the bird is male or female) arrived there last Monday, its appearance being the first time in 44 years that an emperor penguin has been spotted in New Zealand. All is not well. Happy Feet fel ... More >>
Alert: There will be a massive lunar eclipse, today, the first in 2011! It will start at 2:20 Eastern time. However, you won't be able to actually see it in real life, unless you happen to live in the eastern portion of Africa, the Middle East, central Asia, or western Australia. North Americ ... More >>
He can hear you spreading those rumors, you know. Meanwhile, on the other side of the fake stories about celebrity mortality spectrum, Will Smith has been killed by the Internet--specifically by a story from FakeAWish.com that claimed the former Fresh Prince had fallen to his death from a cli ... More >>
Aside from Nelson Blue and D.U.B. Pies, New York doesn't exactly have a surfeit of restaurants serving New Zealand cuisine. But the underrepresented country is about to get another shout-out, in Park Slope of all places. Here's Park Slope reports that Mark Simmons, a New Zealand ex-pat and T ... More >>
Violet Beauregarde suffered from a similar problem.Oh man. Here is a terrible, awful, shocking, horrifying tale that, unless you are stronger and better than us (probably) might sort of make you chuckle in a Beavis/Butthead sort of way, but only in the midst of being horrified, and wondering ... More >>
There is this thing called "planking," which is apparently huge in Australia, and basically it's people lying very stiffly on their stomachs on top of different things? I don't get it either. But it's got 85,000 fans on Facebook so it must really be all the rage. Sadly, planking just killed a man ... More >>
Not actual meth shoes.We'd guess shoes would be the first place any airport security agent worth his salt would go to look, but we're not Malaysian drug traffickers posing as tourists with two pounds of meth in our shoes. Are we? (That was rhetorical.) Anyway, the group was busted by official ... More >>
A team of scientists from Japan and Australia have transported data in light form, Engadget reports. Before you get excited and start packing for any future, instantaneous Hawaiian vacations, keep in mind that it was a complex set of quantum data that was teleported, not a person. Researchers ... More >>
Lately, it's become fashionable in some circles to brag of one's fearless consumption of bugs, grubs, and pretty much anything else that can be scraped off of a forest floor. And if your circle happens to be in New Zealand, you will soon have the option of chasing it all down with a shot of h ... More >>
Looking good, feeling good. An explosive new study out of Australia is showing that drunk men think they're more good-looking than they actually are. We've seen this phenomenon in action at every single social gathering we've attended, ever. The ones that involve alcohol, that is. Which is mo ... More >>
The first openly gay winner of yesterday's election won long before the polls even opened on the East Coast...in Guam! A former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Guam, openly gay Benjamin Cruz won re-election to the Guam Senate. Not nearly as far away but perhaps even more surprising, Jim Gray ... More >>
New Zealand artist Toastman (aka Maurice Bennett) has created portraits out of toast, including Elvis Presley, Mona Lisa, Eminem, and New Zealand prime minister John Key, but his greatest work so far may be his portrait of Barack Obama.
In light of the news that Bouchon Bakery will be opening a second location, now seems a good time to celebrate the attributes of its butternut squash sandwich.
Why? Because, explains the t-shirt's creator, "Both groups have caused riots, both embrace DIY." Just ask Australia about the former. Also, not to brag, but let the record show we called for a Bad Brains/Bieber mash-up all the way back in November of 2009. We're prescient like that. [Etsy]
They began, as all high-profile indie-rock reunions must, in New Zealand, rocking out to "In the Mouth a Desert," which I'm sure was cathartic.. This dude has most of the set list; this dude breaks it down by album. "Fight This Generation" tends to be particularly violent live, so that's good ... More >>
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