Councilman Jumaane Williams has continued to put pressure on the NYPD to improve its strained relationship with minorities.
Williams, who has long demanded that Mayor Mike Bloomberg hold the city's cops accountable, will propose three police-reform bills next week -- and one calls for cops to give ... More >>
Love is supposed to be everlasting. Unfortunately for many, the only permanent thing to come out of a relationship is an incurable sexually transmitted disease.
And that's why Cyrus Sullivan, of Portland, Ore., claims that he runs STD Carriers Disease Control and Prevention Services, a webs ... More >>
Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, who is likely to run for mayor, released a report yesterday that called for the installation of solar panels on the roofs of city public schools.
Releasing reports -- it's the thing to do if you want to be mayor, apparently!
This one here is one of tho ... More >>
With Love, From BrooklynBites from the BK
Bklyn Larder and the Brooklyneer might be one-stop shops for all edibles hailing from Brooklyn, but now non-New Yorkers can get their hands on the best of the borough. A new website called With Love, From Brooklyn sells all the twee foods the borough ... More >>
Starbucks has decided to add beer and wine to its roster, but it's unclear whether the spirits will be as overpriced and overrated as the chain's coffee.
According to Bloomberg (via The Washington Post), at least 25 Starbucks stores will sell booze -- as well as cheese plates and focaccia with oli ... More >>
The Song: Bon Iver, "Holocene"
The Crimes: Shapelessness, "atmosphere," wondering if we're all just particles, man, invoking existential music-listening crises.
Many of this year's most risible songs had clear reasons for being as irritating as they wereself-impressed "punk"dom, grating whi ... More >>
New York "cosmic Americana" crew Forest Fire would rather float in space than frolic in the woods; their music is a churning, twang-gazer swirl of moody hums, guitar divebombs and black angel dub dance. They've recently teamed up with vaunted avant-indie label FatCat for their second album, t ... More >>
Photo via Flux FactoryAs part of its ongoing campaign to prove that the Rockaways are the new Williamsburg, the New York Times brings us word of the Boggsville Boatel, a not-for-profit art project by Constance Hockaday. The Boatel is a small flotilla of abandoned and repurposed sea-faring ves ... More >>
We spoke with swampbuggy bad-ass Quintron very briefly on Monday afternoon, amid the throes of a pre-tour van emergency. But since then something else far more harrowing has developed, specifically an undisclosed "family emergency at home," which has sadly forced cartoon lady Miss Pussycat and her o ... More >>
The Slants bill themselves as "Chinatown Dance Rock," which means they have no problem copping to the fact they sound like "the Asian version of the Killers." The Portland, Oregon-based group, who come to Union Hall next month, made news recently when they attempted to trademark their name, but th ... More >>
Wednesday, February 4
Better Than: Any stand-up comedian you could've seen tonight
Todd Snider never says "I wrote this song"; it's always "I made this up." Crucial distinction. He takes his craft too seriously to use so formal a word as "write" to describe the genesis ... More >>
Surely you remember my contest where the best travel essay won a free month on JetBlue.
Well, Courtney Sampsell nabbed the prize, and though she never sent me a postcard, she did come home with a lovely new essay about the experiences she enjoyed around the country, and that's good enough ... More >>
It's been a tough few months for former Vice President Al Gore, who after announcing he and his wife of 40 years, Tipper, were separating, was accused rumored to have been cheating with Larry David's wife. As if the jokes from that to come aren't bad enough, more serious allegations soon surf ... More >>
Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing MP3s from new and emerging local talent.
Sightings are Brooklyn's greatest living noise band--period. The avant-bruisers have been making jagged, nauseous, pig-fucked chip-'n'-sizzle for over a solid decade and have only gotten better with ... More >>
The mellow, mellow Stumptown macchiato.
While the name may sound like a retirement village for Civil War amputees, coffee aficionados know that Stumptown of Portland, Oregon, is one of the country's most respected coffee roasters and retailers, credited with revolutionizing the brewing of c ... More >>
Stars Like Fleas
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Saturday, January 26
There's a reason I've seen New York's Stars Like Fleas more than ten times--not because they're always great, but because they're always trying something different, always reaching for new shades in music they've played before, always de ... More >>