Now that New York City's new (and old) police commissioner, Bill Bratton, has settled into his role, he is wasting no time checking the important things off his to-do list. 1) Address command staff at Compstat. 2) Tweet about it.
Yesterday, Zachary Feldman reported that teen chef Greg Grossman took to Facebook to complain about a piece of glass he found in his food at a recent soft opening of a popular Chinese restaurant, and Joe Dobias promptly took him to task for posting his woes on social media rather than discussing the ... More >>
Justin Bieber plays Barclays
I've never mentioned Flo, the Progressive Girl--the upbeat cashier with the retro hairdo, played by comic Stephanie Courtney in those insurance commercials--mainly because she's always lurked deep in my consciousness as someone who's on constantly, but who never really (cash-) registered for me, no ... More >>
It was just over two decades ago that seminal rap group Salt-N-Pepa helped usher a discussion of HIV and AIDS awareness into the hip-hop community with their single "Let's Talk About Sex" and its reworking "Let's Talk About AIDS." Continuing that tradition of outreach, last weekend Pepa was on-hand ... More >>
"Once you're calling yourself a chef, no one is really telling you what to do anymore," Danny Bowien said a few weeks back at a Culinatro panel on branding and restaurant expansion. The company spoke with the Mission Chinese owner, along with Pok Pok Ny's Andy Ricker and Osteria Morini's Michael Whi ... More >>
It took a lot of serious excavation and crack detective work to unearth this photo of the topless Bieb. I had to go all the way to his Twitter page, where he'd sent it out to millions of people! Anyway, what do you think?
OK, so there seem to be two things going on here, both of them strange (and brought to our attention by the Voice's Steven Thrasher.) The first: People post photos of their debit cards online, for all the world to see. And we're talking detailed pics -- with identifying info like their names, acco ... More >>
"Try it...or not. We don't care." In true Honey Badger fashion, that's the motto of Red Mango's new flavor -- named after the Honey Badger video that went viral to draw nearly 46 million views since January 2011. The Honey Badger flavor is made with nonfat frozen yogurt and honey.
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The hated revenge-porn profiteer says he wants to teach a lesson with his web site. How long before the 26-year-old learns one himself?
Lil B takes NYU to school
Take a knee, New York -- it's Tebow time!It's officially Twitter official: Tim Tebow is coming to the Big Apple to hold the clipboard for Mark "The Sanch-ize" Sanchez as the New York Jets' B-squad QB (for now, anyway) -- which apparently is much to the dismay of Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie. ... More >>
The Huffington Post Twitter account was hacked this afternoon. The tweets, which including homophobic and racist slurs, have since been deleted, but the New York Observer caught them on a screengrab.
Jesse Cohen and Eric Emm of Tanlines. Giving the Best Local Music Twitter award in our Best of NYC issue to @tanlines was pretty much a no-brainer. The account, which is run by the duo's Jesse Cohen, is heavy on the wry observational humor and light on the "come see our band" or "here's someb ... More >>
The fastest race on three wheels
Arthur Avenue, the Real Little Italy of New York/FacebookJoe LiberatoreToday marks the sad end of another era: Joe Liberatore, the last of the original Arthur Avenue Retail Market vendors, has died.
a "life-blogging device for cats"How many dogs are you friends with on Facebook? How many cats do you follow on Twitter? How many adorable animal videos do you watch regularly (don't answer that)? There are many to choose from, since, it turns out, one in ten of all UK pets have their very ow ... More >>
Katie ColeslawTom Vek released his debut album We Have Sound in 2005, and the British musician's distillation of his influences was catchy enough to make him stand out from the crowdhe even appeared on the soapy Fox drama The O.C.. But in the years that followed, Vek kept quiett ... More >>
Esther ZuckermanDuring a question and answer session at Internet Week New York this morning, Senator Chuck Schumer quipped that he was of "the older generation." And even as Schumer looked forward in his keynote speech, which kicked off IWNY at its headquarters in the Metropolitan Pavilion, h ... More >>
According to information collected from the Facebook walls of more than 30,000 users by social media monitoring service Reppler, Facebookers are largely kind of a profane bunch. That is to say, nearly half of them have some obscenity or another on their walls, and 80 percent have at least one ... 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.
Foursquare 3.0's new "Explore" capability, which recommends places to try based on users' check-in history, is just another example of how social media has become the go-to marketing tool for restaurants. [Nation's Restaurant News] Tropicana has announced it will raise its prices on certain ... More >>
Photo courtesy of 'ino.Although Jason Denton is likely busy working on a menu to serve to the hungry masses of Williamsburg, he planning an addition to 'ino's line-up as well.
via ForbesFacebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his girlfriend have a new pooch you can man's-best-friend! [Christ, these words are going to be recorded for posterity.] Forbes reports that his name is "Beast," and the precocious Puli has his very own Facebook page. He's the most adorable on-li ... More >>
A little more than a month after he helped open Dean Street, Nate Smith has parted ways with the restaurant.
bravotv.comAngelo Sosa, the second time around.The first time we sat down with Angelo Sosa, he had just debuted his now-defunct Asian sandwich shop, Xie Xie, amid the thick of the banh mi craze. Now, nearly two years later, we chat with him again as he prepares to debut Social Eatz, an Asian- ... More >>
Better than a Girl Scout badge.Exciting news from the Department of Choice Eats: The Village Voice is partnering with Foursquare and introducing a special Choice Eats badge for this year's culinary tasting event.
Kimchi Taco Truck/Facebook Back in October, we spoke with Phil Lee, the proprietor of the nascent Kimchi Taco Truck. At the time, Lee predicted that the truck, with Chef Youngsun Lee at its helm, would hit the roads in "two to three weeks' time." As is so often the case in the restaurant ind ... More >>
cuculinary.comSo many trucks, so little time The plight of food trucks might be in jeopardy, but one thing helping keep business alive is Zagat's Food Truck Finder.
Chillin' With Prince Paul and son
Public Service Announcement for the Internet: if you didn't already know, the President of Russia, Dmitry Medvedev, has changed his Twitter username to @MedvedevRussiaE. That is all. Previously: In Soviet Russia, DOG Name YOU! [FK]
In the interest of not moving our media microscope, here is Keith Olbermann breaking his silence, via Twitter, on being suspended by MSNBC.
ViaIf there's a possibility that you care, then you already know: today is Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert's Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear on the National Mall in Washington D.C. A bunch of liberals and reporters are currently making their way to our nation's capital by any means necess ... More >>
We know that Andrea Peyser has little to no sense of humor, let alone irony. But we hope that even she can see the irony in this. This week Peyser opened a segment of her New York Post column with the thought "It's gone too far. My heart breaks for Rutgers freshman Tyler Clementi, victimized ... More >>
That's what I was accused of by a Facebook friend. He wrote, "So I hear you're going to be in an anti-bullying video. But aren't you the one who bullied and maligned Carrie Prejean?"
Wayne's caption for this photo: "The trees in Lisbon are old and wicked."Lost in the shuffle of a certain mega-celebrity joining the increasingly indispensable social networking site that is Twitter was the fact that Wayne Coyne, weirdo crown prince of the Flaming Lips, had also finally caved ... More >>
BKs brightest tropicalia electro
Yes, the fabulous apple-cheeked singer/star of '50s movie musicals and '60s rom coms has joined the blogsopshere, instantly making it a whole lot nicer. I'm hearing that "Dodo" will give her blessing to dorisday.com by pitching in an occasional blog and some recorded messages for the site.
Via New York Times City Room writer J. David Goodman's Twitter feed comes a .gif video of a Chinese cyclist almost getting pulverized by a car crash.
Goods hopes to deliver the goods soon.Prospect Heights residents have for several months been awaiting the opening of Goods at 115 Underhill, a specialty foods market and cafe that has been taunting passersby with its promise of "grocery, food, and drink" since the fall. According to co-owner ... More >>
With the caveat that humans must take Diplo's Twitter updates with a grain (several grains, probably) of salt--although his version of what happened the night of the Grammys was probably way better than anything that actually did happen--everyone else in the above Tweet is definitely on the real p ... More >>
Per its publicity arm, the Taco Truck has officially launched, and is now roving the streets of Hoboken and Jersey City, selling "sustainably responsible" Mexican staples like tacos, tortas, tamales, and sopas. While the truck's commitment to green practices -- it's outfitted with recycling ... More >>
A Rolling Stone reporter charts the doomed path from Thriller to Internet-based horror