Reptiles and Amphibians

  • Voice Choices

    June 12, 2013


    The Toy Theater 
Festival returns

  • Voice Choices

    May 8, 2013


    Give a hoot for David Sedaris

  • Columns

    April 24, 2013
  • Voice Choices

    January 23, 2013
  • Blogs

    October 16, 2012

    Why Does Everything Taste Like Chicken?

    Why does everything taste like chicken? Well, there's actually an answer for that. Slate traced chicken back to its evolutionary origins and found that chickens and other birds are probably the direct descendants of dinosaurs. And other than birds, the closest living relatives that we have to eat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2012

    There's An Alligator Problem -- On Long Island

    New Yorkers have a lot of things to worry about -- crime, terrorism, etc. We can now add alligators to the list.For the sixth time in a week, an alligator has been found in New York -- this time on Long Island.About 1:30 a.m. yesterday, authorities in Shirley found a plastic container with a four-fo ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    September 19, 2012
  • Blogs

    September 8, 2012

    Brooklyn Man Found With a Small Zoo Inside His Apartment

    In 2003, police officers received a tip from an anonymous caller for a "large animal" that was biting people in Harlem. The NYPD narrowed down the search to Antoine Yates's apartment and, when they arrived on the scene, the "large animal" turned out to be a 400-pound Bengali tiger. Oh, and an alliga ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2012

    Freakishly Realistic Snake Cake

    No this isn't a real snake. It's 100% cake. Baker Francesca Pitcher, of the UK's North Star Cakes, posted about the cake on her Facebook page on July 29 and it has since gone viral, doubling her Facebook likes in less than a week.

  • Voice Choices

    August 8, 2012

    Pulling Strings

    The Quay Brothers at MOMA

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2012

    Live: Hospitality Keeps Cool, 4Knots Gets Hot, And Crocodiles Get Carried Away

    Hospitality, Crocodiles 4Knots Music Festival Main Stage Saturday, July 14 Better than: Waiting in line at McCarren Pool. Now are the times of heat. During Hospitality's set, the sun shone brightly. It was hot; shade was at a premium. The Brooklyn trio's brand of dreamy indiepop, which mixes child ... More >>

  • Music

    July 11, 2012

    Crocodiles Getting Messy

    The San Diego band bring mature, but not fussy, rock anthems to 4Knots

  • Voice Choices

    July 11, 2012


    4Knots returns to the South Street Seaport

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2012

    The Drums, Crocodiles, Hospitality, Bleached, And Nick Waterhouse Confirmed For 4Knots Music Festival

    The lineup for this year's 4Knots Music Festival—the Village Voice's free summer-music extravaganza, taking place at the South Street Seaport on July 143is beginning to take shape, and this morning brings news of the first five bands on the all-day affair's docket. Among the artists playi ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    March 21, 2012


    Go camping with Cheryl Strayed

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2012

    Extinct Giant Tortoises Might Not Be Extinct

    Shit just got real in the world of genetics. Like Jurassic Park -bringing-monsters-back-from-extinction real, just without Jeff Goldblum. Scientists have determined that a sub-species of Galapagos Islands tortoise -- long thought to be dead and gone -- might actually still kinda exist.

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2011

    Where's Lionel? The Search for a Missing Box Turtle

    ​As we've reported, Lionel the Box Turtle escaped from the Inwood Nature Center on December 1st to little fanfare. Poor Lionel. Cobras and peacocks are just flashier than turtles. But the little guy is still missing, out in the urban jungle. We've decided to deepen our investigation into where ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2011

    The Amish Sell Exotic Animals, Are Even More Badass Than You Thought

    Alligators! Elk! Kangaroos and kinkajous! Parrots! Poison-arrow frogs! And an "irate African aardvark"! It sounds like an exotic bazaar in some faraway land but it's actually an auction in Amish country, explored in this delightful piece in The Daily. Here at Runnin' Scared we stay up on Amish news, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2011

    Friday Night In Williamsburg: Male-Female Pairings, Baseball-Related Queries, And Joyous Looping

    Debbie Allen​In Waste Of Paint, our writer/artist team of Jamie Peck and Debbie Allen will review goings-on about town in words and images. As New York problems go, this is not a bad one to have: there was so much good stuff going on Friday night that we wished we could clone ourselves. The B ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    May 18, 2011
  • Blogs

    April 28, 2011

    American Idol Breaks Out Its Copy Of Carole King: Her Greatest Hits

    Michael Becker/FOX​ The same week NBC attempts to take on American Idol by launching the loud, flashy The Voice, Idol makes one of those baffling decisions that only Idol can make: Devoting an entire 90 minutes to saluting the deeply, overwhelmingly annoying singer-songwriter Carole King. I h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2011

    Bronx Zoo Snake Press Conference, the Live Blog

    ​We've been watching the Bronx Zoo's press conference concerning the capture of the Egyptian cobra that has been missing for the past week. Below are minute-by-minute updates of this monumental media event.

  • Music

    October 27, 2010

    Avey Tare Goes Nightswimming

    The Animal Collective screamer delivers a strife-ridden, deeply personal solo album

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2010

    Dealing with Canada Geese: Make Lunch, Not Landfills

    Bill Allen1/flickrDinner, anyone?​This summer, New York State announced a plan to help control its Canada Goose population by eliminating some 170,000 birds through gassing, hunting, and birth control. In Prospect Park, some 400 geese were rounded up and euthanized, their bodies then tossed in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2010

    Crocodiles, Dum Dum Girls Cancel Their Tours

    ​Alas. Crocodiles (left) had a show at Maxwell's in Hoboken tonight; Dum Dum Girls were set for Music Hall of Williamsburg with Frankie Rose and the Outs on November 1. Both shows/tours have been scrapped entirely, per a family emergency (Brandon Welchez from the Crocs and Dee Dee from the Dum ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    October 13, 2010
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    October 13, 2010
  • Blogs

    October 12, 2010

    Baby Crocodile Shows Up in Bushwick

    ​Police were in the Bushwick last night dealing with trees downed from last month's tornado (not to mention the more recent crazy hail) when they made the unexpected discovery of a 28-inch baby crocodile chilling in a resident's backyard on Jefferson Street. One local resident thought the cops ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2010

    Did Someone Lose a Crocodile in Soho?

    ​What is up with New York wildlife? Following yesterday's reports of a snake on a Bronx toilet, and today's follow-up that it is within the realm of possibility for snakes to slither up to the 19th floor of a building via the plumbing and then lie in wait for you on the toilet, we nearly had a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2010

    Download: Callers, "You Are An Arc"

    Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing MP3s from new and emerging local talent. Aaron Wojack​Brooklyn's Callers make an indescribable, codeine-ready micro-ruckus that straddles some downtown-via-Bedford line between grandiose indie rock gestures, art-jazz slither, dusty folk, an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2010

    Trends: Freaky Reptile Invasion of New York City

    ​This summer has been weird, punctuated by heat waves and then sudden rains (it's 65 degrees right now, WTF?), emergency-escape-slide-using flight attendants who rise to fame enough to generate impostors, people going batshit for no apparent reason, and...alligators crawling out of sewers. Apo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2010

    Morning Links: Egg Recall Now Massive; Miners Trapped Underground in Chile Are Alive; Gator Sighting in Astoria

    ​• Half a billion eggs are now being recalled in 17 states (Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Nevada, Minnesota, Missouri, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin) due to a salmonella outbreak traced back to two Iowa egg producers, Hi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2010

    Video: Dog Rides Tortoise; Tortoise Schleps Dog

    Hey, it's been a while ... time for some cute and weirdly anthropomorphic animal action.

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2010

    Trend Watch: Snakes Are Not Your Playthings, People

    ​There's a recurring theme that keeps popping up on our radar, and we're going to have to go ahead and mention it for all sorts of reasons, but mostly because, after thinking about it long and hard and engaging in a vigorous session of Rock-Paper-Scissors with Foster to finally settle the issu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2010

    In Case of Earthquake, Follow That Toad

    ​Something no one ever brings up at cocktail parties is the fact that Manhattan has its fair share of earthquake faults. In 1737 and 1884, the city experienced minor quakes that knocked down chimneys and generated palpable shocks. Scientists say that the "juxtaposition of geological extremes" ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2010

    2009 Darwin Awards: Crime Down? Criminal Stupidity is Up.

    Crime is reportedly down, so does that mean there are fewer criminals? Maybe criminals are just getting more stupid. Two co-winners of the just-announced 2009 Darwin Awards — "Honoring those who improve the species . . . by accidentally removing themselves from it!" — are evidence. U ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    September 15, 2009
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    May 13, 2009
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    March 25, 2009


    A profound discussion into the art of stop-motion animation

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2009

    DEC Stings Poachers, Smugglers of Turtles, Snakes, and Salamanders

    Today the state department of environmental conservation got to play Elliot Ness, announcing charges against 18 people nabbed in "Operation Shellshock," a sting on illegal poaching, transportation and sales of protected reptiles, specifically turtles, rattlesnakes and salamanders. The Times repo ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 17, 2008

    Got Rattlesnake? Ellis Bar Does.

    This Fifth Avenue spot brings a mixed bag of real Southwestern food to New York

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2008

    Mountain Goats in Philadelphia November 7: Setlist

    Credit: Thomas J Hartnett The Mountain Goats TLA/Philadelphia November 7 For the moment, the Mountain Goats seem to be skewing into power-trio territory. My comment on this is no comment. Setlist: With Peter Hughes and Jon Wurster: Have to Explode Heretic Pride The Mess Inside New Zion Moon Ove ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2008

    Irving, the 10-Foot Female

    Irving, Petland's gift for the man who has everything, escaped from its cage last Sunday morning and it took six policemen, the proprietor, and two employees to wrestle it back again.

  • Art

    December 25, 2007

    My Hyena

    Photographer Pieter Hugo captures a strange, roving menagerie

  • Film

    October 2, 2007
  • News

    October 31, 2006

    Off the Leash

    In the exotic pet universe, it's all about whose is weirder than whose.

  • Music

    December 14, 2004

    Girls Vs. Boys

    Brazilian Girls in heat; Canada's Junior Boys in ecstasy

  • Music

    July 20, 2004
  • Film

    April 27, 2004

    It's the Bomb

    We're off to see the lizard: World's biggest reptile—and atomic-age metaphor—turns 50

  • NYC Life

    November 19, 2002
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