The Toy Theater Festival returns
Give a hoot for David Sedaris
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.
The Quay Brothers at MOMA
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 >>
The San Diego band bring mature, but not fussy, rock anthems to 4Knots
4Knots returns to the South Street Seaport
The lineup for this year's 4Knots Music Festivalthe 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 >>
Go camping with Cheryl Strayed
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.
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 >>
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 >>
Debbie AllenIn 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 >>
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 >>
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.
The Animal Collective screamer delivers a strife-ridden, deeply personal solo album
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Seriously.We didn't include snakes, specifically, in yesterday's run-down of most terrifying urban wildlife, but apparently we should have. Put this in the category of Sewer Lizard and raise the threat level to High, 'cause a man in the Bronx stumbled to his bathroom last night to find a thre ... More >>
Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing MP3s from new and emerging local talent. Aaron WojackBrooklyn'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 >>
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 >>
• 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 >>
Hey, it's been a while ... time for some cute and weirdly anthropomorphic animal action.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
A profound discussion into the art of stop-motion animation
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 >>
This Fifth Avenue spot brings a mixed bag of real Southwestern food to New York
Photographer Pieter Hugo captures a strange, roving menagerie
In the exotic pet universe, it's all about whose is weirder than whose.
Brazilian Girls in heat; Canada's Junior Boys in ecstasy
We're off to see the lizard: World's biggest reptileand atomic-age metaphorturns 50