Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2014

    Carnegie Deli: No Longer "The Tops"

    "Man, this place is a circus," my friend Jeffrey said when we entered the Carnegie Deli (854 Seventh Avenue, 212-757-2245). We'd just waited 15 minutes outside with a large group of eager tourists, only to be ushered inside, whisked past the congested deli counter, and then forced to squeeze by pack ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2013

    Here's the Hideous Goat Creature Ringling Bros. Claimed Was a Unicorn in 1985

    Your Crap Archivist brings you the finest in forgotten and bewildering crap culled from thrift stores, estate sales, and flea markets. A stack of souvenir circus programs Date: 1970s and '80s Publisher: Mostly Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Discovered at: Vintage Thrift Shop, 23rd & 3rd The Cov ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2012

    Live: Is Michael Jackson: Immortal The Pop Spectacle Of The Future?

    Michael Jackson: Immortal Madison Square Garden Wednesday, April 4 Better than: Ringling Bros. Cirque du Soleil's take on Michael Jackson's catalog, Michael Jackson: Immortal, is certainly ambitious. The twoish-hour set has a live band, aerialists and fireworks, flips and flops, a dancing sequined ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2011

    New Super-Preservative Discovered; No Food Deserts in NYC?

    ​Mushrooms have been added to the growing list of foods suspected of radiation poisoning in Japan. [Bloomberg] Researchers have discovered a preservative, called bisin, that could extend the food's (and wine's) lifespan for years, even without refrigeration. [Daily Mail] As more and more pr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2011

    James "Whitey" Bulger: 25 Things You Should Know About the Captured Boston Irish Mob Legend

    Free Whitey! (Just kidding.)After Osama bin Laden's death, James "Whitey" Bulger was the Most Wanted Man in America. Then after 16 years on the run, the mythological South Boston ex-con was caught yesterday in California. Jack Nicholson's character in The Departed was loosely based on Whitey, in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2011

    Nine Things You Probably Wouldn't Want to Eat At Guy Fieri's Restaurant Tex Wasabi's​We're sick of Guy Fieri (real name: Guy Ramsay Ferry). The television personality manufactured on the second season of "The Next Food Network Star" might double as a Barnum & Bailey clown. Yet he is now one of the country's most recognizable celebrity chefs. If you want to see how ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    February 23, 2011


    The impossible feats of Circa

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2010

    Happy Summer: Coney Island's Luna Park Is Open for Business

    ​New Yorkers have a bunch of ways of telling that it's summer. Power grids being overloaded is one way. Everyone you can't stand leaving the five boroughs is another. But the first surefire indicator that it's summer -- beyond sweating in places you forgot you had the ability to sweat in, of c ... More >>

  • News

    May 25, 2010
  • Columns

    May 18, 2010

    'Sex and the City 2' Gay Dish!

    At newest Chelsea gay bar, baseball and beer. Plus: Broadway and bears

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2010

    Project Runway: Scary Clowns, Scarier Stripes

    ​And so it has come to this. After a season of sequins and spangles and bitchery--oh my!--the last challenge before Project Runway's Bryant Park finale has to be epic, a worthy encapsulation of these ragtag dreamers' weary journey to the white tents and glory beyond. It must be in deference t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2010

    The Maharishi Makes the Scene

    ​Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. January 25, 1968, Vol. XIII, No. 15 Maharishi Mahesh Yogi: The Politics of Salvation by Richard Goldstein The question of the hour is: can an honest man still be a fraud? The Maharishi Mahesh Yogi arrived in New York last Thursday, f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2010

    Actual Honest-to-God New Rides Coming to Coney in May, New Coasters in 2011

    Photo by Neil deMause​In what's becoming a bit of a Coney Island tradition, City Hall officials shlepped out to Brooklyn in a slushstorm today to make the long-rumored announcement that the Italian firm Zamperla has been tapped to open a new amusement park in Coney to replace the dearly depart ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2010

    A Neon-Colored Night of Freaky Fabulosity at Vandam

    ​ On Sunday nights down at the club Greenhouse, freakies mix with hot twinks in the glittery fishbowl known as Vandam, hosted by the immortal Susanne Bartsch and Kenny Kenny, who serve glamour like no other team since Barnum & Bailey. Alex Geana recently donned his party armor and went into t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2009

    Spy-Author Claims Monaco's Prince Albert Asked Him to Kill Love Child, Other Weird Scenes

    ​Robert Eringer says he was His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco's intelligence chief. He further claims that he conducted for the Prince sensitive investigation of VIPs, including Vladimir Putin and a woman who says the Prince kidnapped and raped her on his yacht, per Eringer's fili ... More >>

  • Columns

    September 1, 2009

    Gossip About Avatar, Fame, and Antichrist!

    Fame, the musical is watered-down, unlike von Trier's Antichrist.

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2009

    Kyra Sedgwick Pleads for Fellow Performers in Letter to Bloomberg

    ​Actress Kyra Sedgwick wants Mayor Mike Bloomberg to help some visiting circus elephants she thinks are being tormented. The celeb has faxed Mayor Bloomberg a letter (which PETA provides a via its blog.) in which she asks him to assure he'll never again let allegedly elephant-torturing Ringli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2009

    PETA Video Shows Circus Elephants Beaten, Whipped

    Here's that PETA video everyone's talking about in which Ringling Brothers personnel beat their circus elephants with bull hooks and whips. It looks bad. Maybe the circus folk have an explanation. They better hurry and bring it -- the circus has several more shows at Coney Island this summer, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2009

    Cheek, In Review: 7 Days of Runnin' Scared

    Swine is the word! It started out as a mere public health emergency. Some kids got sick in Queens and they closed their school. Then it went viral, so to speak, becoming the new thing everyone's enemies caused. Another Queens school closed. A kid died in Texas. Two Brooklyn schools closed. The Israe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2009

    Greatest Show on Earth, Animal Abuse Come to Coney Island

    Tickets for the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus' "Coney Island Boom a Ring," scheduled for Coney Island this summer, go on sale today. (Warning: link plays horrible music.) A Ringling exec tells the New York Times, "this opening night in June will be a celebration of Coney Island." "J ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2009

    Today's Job Listings: Clown, Job Stealer, Fantasy Roleplayer

    Maybe you've stopped looking for jobs on Craigslist because it's just too depressing. Well, there are opportunities out there, you slackers, even if they rather stretch the term. Along with the usual bottom-feeding -- "Summer Intern for Wine/Spirits PR Agency" (no pay but the tipples are great! Ha!) ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2009

    The Circus Is In Town

    The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus opened at the Garden on Thursday. We took in the spectacle from the cheap seats Saturday. The crowd was healthy; we estimate 80 percent attendance (third show of the day!) Clowns are still not funny; the big laugh one got by falling splashily into a p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2009

    Circus Coming to Coney Island?

    No, we're not writing to correct the date of the elephant parade again; that's totally on for Monday night. Here is other circus-connected news: The Brooklyn Paper's sources tell it that the Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus is coming to Coney Island next summer. The expected circus site belo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2009

    Elephant Parade Next Monday

    We apologize for the wrong dates previously reported here on the Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey elephant parade. They'll be coming through the Queens Midtown Tunnel next Monday, March 23, around 11:30 pm, and traffic will be averted till about 2 the next morning. That'll give you plenty of time t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2009

    Elephants, Others Parade Tonight Next Week From Queens to MSG

    The MTA advises motorists that between 11:30 p.m. tonight March 23 and 2 o'clock tomorrow the next day, the Queens Midtown Tunnel will be closed to traffic, as ten Asian elephants, nine horses and three ponies from the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus will be marching through it. The b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2008
  • Music

    July 4, 2006

    German Reggae?

    Oh yes. A few tips for non-islanders on honoring and wooing the Jamaican massive

  • NYC Life

    March 21, 2006
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    January 7, 2003
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    August 27, 2002
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    July 30, 2002
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    November 27, 2001

    On Edge

    Aggressive Skaters Have to Choose Between a Living and a Life

  • Art

    July 10, 2001

    After the Gold Rush

    With Chelsea Settled, Deitch Takes a Crack at Williamsburg

  • Theater

    December 26, 2000
  • Theater

    December 12, 2000
  • News

    January 12, 1999

    Road Rules

    Teaching the carny set is no sideshow act

  • News

    July 14, 1998

    Circus Minimus

    Jennifer Miller Wows 'Em in the Nabes