• 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

    March 21, 2012


    Go camping with Cheryl Strayed

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2010

    Snakes Now Enjoying Fine New York City Toilets

    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 >>

  • 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

    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

    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 >>

  • 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

  • News

    October 31, 2006

    Off the Leash

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

  • Dining

    January 18, 2005

    Letter From Lockhart

    Our intrepid reporter returns to Texas to sample the real thing

  • NYC Life

    November 19, 2002