Lauren BloombergA bottle of the seasonTraditionally, the holiday season starts on Black Friday -- a/k/a the day that crazed shoppers brave getting pepper sprayed and/or trampled in the midst of retail madness. However, there are other (read: more sensible) signifiers that Santa Claus is comin ... More >>
denver.neighborhoodr.comA Black Friday arrest in Denver. Black Friday was crazier than ever this year, claiming at least one life and causing 20 people to be felled by pepper spray in a Los Angeles Walmart. Not to mention the great $2 waffle-maker riot of 2011. Our entire country engaged in p ... More >>
As ABC News points out, the former Congressman now known most infamously for his mislaid sexts, a/k/a, Anthony Weiner, is cultivating his facial hair, per a photo snapped in New York's own Soho on Black Friday. Is this sporty-go-lucky mustache for Movember (note: Movember ends Thursday) or is it per ... More >>
Now that state Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr. has officially lost the fight against gay marriage in New York, he's on to the next thing: Walmart. Diaz released a statement regarding Walmart's absence in NYC in light of this past weekend's strong Black Friday sales. In short: sucks about the pepper spraying and ... More >>
We hope you had a nice Thanksgiving and if you went shopping the next day you weren't trampled. You may have heard that President Obama got some grief from conservatives for failing to mention God in his Thanksgiving proclamation. But for our rightblogger subjects, this was not the worst outrage of ... More >>
What will you do on Thanksgiving? Eat yourself into oblivion, of course, but then what? Now you have the option to leave Thanksgiving dinner and waddle directly to Macy's, which will open at midnight on the sacred holiday of Black Friday. Read it and weep for our lost dignity as a nation:
Check your calendars, friends. Yep, we're in October, a month in which your only concern should be which of your lightweight jackets to throw across your shoulders as you tread effortlessly out of your house and also, what creative and intelligent but still sultry and appealing to members of ... More >>
EatItalianDiPalo's, in a gift box.Today marks the 150th anniversary of Italian unification, so what better day to launch a new website celebrating Italian food and culture? EatItalian is part restaurant-review site, part marketplace, part online community celebrating all the things that lead ... More >>
Since we're in festive spirit (or something) today, and since we never say no to the lost alligator beat, we're helping a girl out. Via the New York Times City Room, a woman named Emily, who lives in Canada but has been visiting the city, has submitted what can only be called a cry for help. ... More >>
As if the snowstorm didn't do enough to slow down holiday shopping, the AP is reporting that Macy*s Herald Square flagship store was evacuated an hour ago because of heavy smoke from an escalator fire between the 3rd and 4th floors.
The Fire Department says there were no injuries.
Trigger-unhappy council chief Christine Quinn demonstrates the wrong way to shoot your spouse.
You know the holiday shopping season is in full gear when politicians step to the podium to rail against realistic-looking toy guns.
Council Speaker Christine Quinn is the one not being realistic. Get a ... More >>
Apparently you cheap bastards didn't shop hard enough to move the needle this weekend -- or shopped not well but too wisely, scarfing up bargains when America needed grotesque impulse purchases to pull out of its economic nosedive. The National Retail Foundation says more shoppers spent less: ... More >>
CNN Money has just reported that the pagan ritual of Black Friday today is "frenzied, but no trouble," meaning there have so far been no spectacular, fatal tramplings like last year's Walmart tragedy in Long Island. But we'll keep our eyes peeled. So far the big tragedy is that Toys R Us se ... More >>
If you're wondering about the reindeer and snowmen that went into the window this week at the old Tower Records (on the corner of East 4th and Lafayette), it's the Brooklyn Flea's pop-up holiday market, Gifted, or -- as we fondly call it -- "the place where we're totally doing all of our holi ... More >>
Christ in Heaven, King Kong and the Rockettes have announced holiday Christmas season. So it's time to start thinking about that cozy, mildly-patriotic warm-up event, Thanksgiving, and the turkey with which those of us who are not celebrity vegans celebrate.
Looking forward to it? Let us fi ... More >>
When their publicists send you pictures of the Rockettes and King Kong on top of the Empire State Building, that's a sure sign holiday Christmas shopping season is here. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular officially opens tonight, too (though they started doing shows Friday -- must have b ... More >>
diegocupolo/flickrOn the street in Bushwick.Neighborhood change can often be measured in edible form: take the number of espresso bars in a three-block radius and divide that by the number of months it's taken them to open. Take that number and use it to multiply average storefront rent, and you ... More >>
Real Schoolkids of the Upper East Side is back for a second episode. Can it possibly live up to the wonderfulness that was the pilot? To recap, last week, we were introduced to six rich and not nearly attractive enough brats who are either barely or not yet legal: Kelli, a 16-year-old aspiring sin ... More >>