The most recent NYPD CompStat crime report shows 1,421 complaints of felonious assault in the City over 28 days. By the tabloid press' generous estimate, as many as 10 recent assaults may be attributed to something called "the knockout game," in which a black kid goes up to some random white person ... More >>
Stage heavy Brían F. O'Byrne confronts a "slight" romantic comedy
You think you have what it takes to roller-skate with the best of them? Test out your dance moves on wheels, donate a couple of bucks at the Bayanihan Spirit party to benefit typhoon victims, and take your frustrations out on some really hideous art, all before the end of the week.
Fiona Maazel and Peter Trachtenberg Pete's Candy Store Thursday, May 16, 7:30 p.m., free In reality we've already got G-, Facebook-, Skype-, and every other type of non-synchronous chat option imaginable, but Fiona Maazel's new novel explores a more extreme quick-fix remedy for feeling alone. The pr ... More >>
When Doves Sigh
We caught up with Toronto punks Metz just after they crossed the border of their Canadian homeland down toward New York where they play Wednesday night at Music Hall of Williamsburg. They had just been pulled over, which they say happens a lot when they border hop. So far they haven't had any major ... More >>
Sandy an unwelcome theater gate-crasher
Editors Sam Weller and Mort Castle read from Shadow Show, a new short story anthology inspired by the author's life.
"The Beastie Boys were just silly," says Dutch-based documentary maker Bram Van Splunteren. "You couldn't do a serious interview with those guys. They were just goofing around. We had them rap down the phone but I don't remember any kind of content from that interview." Back in the mid-'80s, Splunt ... More >>
More details have emerged about the death of Army Capt. Bruce Clark, who died during a Skype chat with his wife. The Associated Press just tweeted that Army investigators "say they found no bullet wound in soldier who died during Skype chat." This is quite different than the account given by Clar ... More >>
Governor Andrew Cuomo has directed that flags be flown at half-mast following the death of a New York soldier killed in Afghanistan on Monday. Adding to the tragedy, the soldier's wife apparently witnessed her husband's death as the two were chatting on Skype.The governor's office says Captain Bruce ... More >>
Subway fares might be going up, The MTA's capital plan might be funded by debt, and the city's mass transit lines might be overrun by rats but hey, commuting in New York might not be all bad. Boingo and Transit Wireless will start hooking up wifi in the city's subway stations over the next five yea ... More >>
To be honest, we can't remember the last time we consciously noticed a pay phone in the city (that is, save for ones used in the episodes of Felicity we've been watching on Netflix). But the New York Post reports today that 250 phone booths will get high tech updates within the next month. Now-obsol ... More >>
Mayor Mike Bloomberg toured one of the city's senior centers in Flushing, Queens yesterday as part of a press event to promote his administration's efforts in launching eight new "innovative" senior centers throughout New York City. Innovation, in this case, means Skype! With a tail of reporters ... More >>
Joe Dobias, chef-owner of East Village restaurants JoeDoe and JoeDough, is a talker. We sat down with the Cornell Hospitality School graduate to talk sandwiches, Passover, and future projects and found out that it only takes one question to get the chef to tell us how he really feels about fellow ... More >>
Travel Leisure Magazine has once again declared New Yorkers the rudest of all the rude peoples of America. Congrats New Yorkers. You know what they say...any publicity is good publicity, and if you can be rude here, you can be rude anywhere! According to our pals at T L, which based the ran ... More >>
Most people have a story about meeting someone famous—and most of those stories are dull. So why is an entire Tumblr site devoted to the most banal ones—"Did I ever tell you about the time... ?" is the header, but it's better known by its URL, Rock and Roll Tedium—such a riot? The ... More >>
Thomas Higgins's boy scout outing at MCC is no big adventure
TwitterAnonymous, the shady-yet-principled hacktivist group that has previously hacked into Iran's government emails, the Pentagon, possibly the IMF, News Corp, Anders Breivik's Twitter account, and much more, has a new target in its crosshairs: Facebook. The hackers have set the date for Fac ... More >>
Mac, at home with one of his most loyal listeners As even Brad Paisley has pointed out, we live today in something like the future. The past few years of continuously shrinking computers and continuously growing cities seem to suggest that he might be on to something. Then again, we still hav ... More >>
Thailand looks set to elect its first-ever female prime minister, CNN reports. Exit polling shows "Yingluck Shinawatra of the Pheu Thai party with a wide lead over incumbent Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva of the Democratic Party." Shinawatra's party also appears to be set to take the majori ... More >>
Not her?!The defiant lesbian blogger Amina Abdallah Araf al Omari (a.k.a. Amina Arraf or Amina Abdallah), who was reported kidnapped on her blog "A Gay Girl in Damascus" by a cousin this week, may not exist at all or otherwise has a lot of explaining to do. Her story circulated everywhere fro ... More >>
via FreshnessmagBun B Good Units (Complex Foot Locker's Sneakerpedia Launch Party) Tuesday, May 17 Better than: Waiting outside in the rain (at least for the shoes' sake). Last night at Good Units, there were more cameras aimed at the floor than at the stage--which might have been fittin ... More >>
Life, the universe, and everything
Sarah White, a 24-year-old New York City woman, has become instantly micro-famous for her "naked therapy," in which she removes her clothes during the course of a session in hopes of allowing patients (guys, mostly) to speak more freely about their emotions. "For men in particular, seeing a n ... More >>
In the deluge of uninteresting news about the forthcoming iPad 2 from Apple, it's tough for media organizations to find an original angle. For the New York Daily News, the answer is breasts -- the answer is always breasts. "The launch of Apple's iPad 2 on Wednesday left a lot of consumers exc ... More >>
When the iPhone game Angry Birds hit the front page of the New York Times, we were amazed that humans were collectively clocking "16 human-years of bird-throwing every hour." But has anyone ever met their mate on Angry Birds? They have on Words With Friends, Zynga's popular Scrabble rip-off, ... More >>
Whats new in Persian theater
The renegade poet and publisher still howls
New Yorkers' cell phone PDA is constantly in-your-face with people yakking on the sidewalk and texting their way through dinner dates, but this outwardly rude display of love for the devices does not translate into an especially high call or text volume, according to a Nielsen study.
Have you read this week's New York Observer cover story, entitled 'Poor Little Rich Girls: The Ballad of Sara and Clare Bronfman'? No? You should. It's about: Absurdly rich young heiresses. Absurdly rich young heiresses to the Seagram's Gin fortune -- among other fortunes -- who lost $10 ... More >>
NY Tech MeetUp is a monthly event for the technology community in New York that allows emerging companies to demo their new ideas in front of a large audience of like-minded techies. It's a safe place for these tech geeks, but it's open to outsiders like us, too. We went last June as well, took J ... More >>
Basking in the sheer urgency of the polarizing 'Syrian techno' superstar
Federal law gives gay citizens with foreign partners tough choices: Leave the U.S. Lose your love. Break the law.
Whatever it is, we're sure this festival's got you covered
Vaginal Davis does it like Dinah
Definitely the most gleefully hostile band at Siren
While the Albany Coup are a good laugh for you and for us, Mayor Bloomberg has to worry about the fact that mayoral control expires tomorrow and the state senate has to reauthorize it. This weekend the Mayor underlined the urgency with a press conference, promising that the city would have to go to ... More >>
Hook-up site AdultFriendFinder.com is the cybersexiest site you've never seen
Mr. Peterson continues refining his taste in jazz, samba, and goat cheese
As Google fills China's prisons, will Internet phoning cave to spying?