Discover this Brooklyn museum after dark
The literal Park Avenue
How well do you know New York City?
Laugh about city life with these comedians
Go birding in Central Park
A new literary festival is here
Where Mahjong meets Dreidel
Sarah Vowell invites you to a luau
Lower Manhattan saw nearly 9.8 million tourists visit last year, a record number for an area revitalized by development and the World Trade Center site. Many of those were drawn here by the newly-opened September 11 Memorial, which has already attracted more than 1 million visitors in the four mon ... More >>
The Victoria Harbour Light Show.When we think back upon the last few months in the Financial District, one thing we do not think is "Lower Manhattan should have a light show!" Nonetheless, that's what the Economic Development Corporation is after, a lighting initiative that would "transform t ... More >>
At a human trafficking conference last month, the U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines said that 40% of male visitors to the country are sex tourists. Harry Thomas, who was appointed as the ambassador last year, sent a text message to the Philippine foreign secretary to apologize for using an unverifi ... More >>
A Depression-era walking tour
Mmm. wingy. A week from tonight, four titans of heavy metalMetallica, Megadeth, Anthrax, and Slayerwill come together at Yankee Stadium for The Big 4's East Coast concert. It's going to be great! The Bronx is pretty excited about the impending metal invasion, too, as evidenced b ... More >>
via Blue OriginA spacecraft funded by Amazon head Jeff Bezos lost control during a test flight and was destroyed, the Wall Street Journal reports. Blue Origin, a commercial space company Bezos funds, is believed to have launched and lost the unmanned craft on August 24th. In a letter written ... More >>
Stay in the bike lanes, even if the lines look blurry
A Depression-era walking tour
WikipediaEven after eight years, Wicked is still popular. (Sorry about that, we just had to.) HopStop calculated the top 10 Broadway shows New Yorkers have been going to see this summer, based on what theaters were most frequently inserted as HopStop destinations or starting addresses between ... More >>
Did HRC steal the name or idea for their bus tour from the NOM defector, or is it a coincidence?Last week, we broke the story that Kitty Lambert, one of the very first lesbians legally married in New York State, would be joining NOM defector Louis Marinelli, once a staunch opponent of gay mar ... More >>
Discover the city's seamy punk underbelly . . . and burn carbs!
With all the talk about China being an emerging superpower and formidable economic player, we often forget that they still have to catch up with the good ol' US of A on some fronts. Namely, being cool about porn. The Independent reports that Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy, a multi-million dolla ... More >>
Microcosm PublishingZinn FoerMilkshakes meet mind control, acid dropping, and American hegemony in Michael Hoerger and Mia Partlow's new book, Edible Secrets: A Food Tour of Classified U.S. History, which makes the case that food and government conspiracy go hand in hand.
Exploring Brighton Beach
Does running in your underwear make you go faster?
via New York TimesThe new New York City ad campaign (because we want people to come here, right? Right?) launching this week promises that the more you see, the more you'll be, and since New York is positively riddled with things to see, seeing them means you'll be quite a lot. In support of ... More >>
Whether this mass dolphin exodus should be construed as a warning of the impending end of the world or just kind of awesome on a Monday remains to be seen. We're hoping for awesome. Either way, it beats Aunt Nancy's whale-watching videos to a bloody (dolphin-safe) pulp. Plus, the guy's "Whoa!" at ... More >>
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In 2007 NYPD, fed up with the big, rowdy Critical Mass bike events, made up a new parade regulation requiring all bicycle gatherings of 50 or more to get a permit. (Critical Mass usually involves hundreds of bikes.) The Five Borough Bike Club filed suit, claiming the arbitrary reg violated cy ... More >>
Why, oh why, do I love Paris?
Pretty sure M.I.A. has a legitimate point here. The New York Times's "The 31 Places to Go in 2010" article from the other day leads with an encomium to the possibilities of Sri Lanka as a tourist destination. Perhaps you'd heard something about a civil war going on over there, though? Don't w ... More >>
The rules have been tightened for behavior on the Staten Island Ferry. No loud noise, including "plainly audible" earbud leakage. You can't hand out pamphlets, either. Also, no "feeding animals, exposing oneself, or fishing from a ferry or ferry dock." A full list can be found here; they are mostly ... More >>
So many beers, so little time
From Rio de Janeiro to Fifth Avenue
Not all the castles are in Europe
The Times says New York is expected to receive about $24.6 billion in direct stimulus aid, or more than $3 billion more than what was expected. This is excellent news: even in a stimulus economy, $3 billion is real money. The White House's own document says the Feds mean for this all to go to "cre ... More >>
Poets House celebrates its new home in Battery Park
Fastidious foodies on the prowl
Accidental learning through leisure activities
Gods and monsters: Thai fest balances imports, local wares
Evangelicals Pray for Middle East Piece
Christine Hill Leads Tours of the Everyday
Fran Reiter will check out SROs on convention web site