It's not particularly surprising or original any more to talk about how terrible Black Friday is; it's materialistic, dysfunctional, and every year someone dies or is gruesomely injured; you can pretty much count on a video of a horrible stampede somewhere by about 9 a.m. Not even the Wall Street Jo ... More >>
Two New York activists are facing a battery of misdemeanor charges, including rioting, for a fifteen-minute musical protest they staged at a Chase Bank in Midtown last month. They were wearing toad hats at the time. For more than a decade, Reverend Billy and his Stop Shopping Gospel Choir were m ... More >>
The CBGB Music & Film Festival is set to kick off on October 8, and, like last year's inaugural fest, it's giant--hundreds of acts, 100 films, and 125 speakers sprawled out over 175 venues and six days. There will be panel discussions too. (More info here.) And, just like last year, one of the bigg ... More >>
Two rock-loving kids bring their riffs to Times Square
Barbarians in the Ivory Tower
Truth: We didn't actually get a talking doll for Christmas. We are way too old for that sort of nonsense (no offense, kids). But we did watch this video of a talking doll calling someone, quite agreeably, it seems, a "crazy bitch." Or whatever she's trying to say. And it inspired something in us, ca ... More >>
Yeah, about last night
This afternoon at 5 p.m., a party for the Occupy Wall Street movement will start in Times Square. Like any good party, this one has a website, Twitter account, and Shepard Fairey-designed invitation. The instructions are laid out at the aforementioned website: "Meet at the TKTS kiosk in the n ... More >>
Would you be surprised if you popped in a tape of Dora the Explorer for your kids and Bubble Butt Bonanza No. 17 came on instead? The New York Daily News tells the story of a Candice Connor, a woman who faced that very situation via an "accidentally" porn DVD she bought from Toys R Us. The m ... More >>
Avoid this at all costsEveryone knows the Friday after Thanksgiving is the "best time" to buy gifts for the holidays (can't beat a $3 toaster!) but it seems that people just keep upping the crazy ante in such a way that makes us want to stay the hell away. Like the two women in Florida who st ... More >>
Wanh-wanh: a Wonka shop opens.Say it ain't so: Pop-Tarts World may not be much longer for this world. But fear not, kiddie-laden tourists in search of a completely corporatized snacking experience: the Wonka shop has made its debut in the Times Square Toys "R" Us.
Every year, toy companies come out with some ridiculous new toy that supposedly ratchets up the "cute" factor about ten points past where it has any good reason to be. This year is, frighteningly, no different from any other.
Hey look, it's Michael Bolton. Photo by the intrepid Rob Harvilla.In the week we attended a cocktail party at Michael Bolton's house, we learned that the god has a Kanye platinum plaque on his wall and the finest Scrabble board Toys R Us sells on his mantle. Our guided tour of New York's most ... More >>
Rose Morat Thug robber who slugged 101-year-old Rose Morat, terrorized other old women gets 75 years in the slammer. Judge: "A man doesn't throw a left hook and a right hook into the face of a 101-year-old woman." (Post) Teen cat-roaster in the Bronx nonchalantly pleads to it, faces tw ... 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 >>
Here to ruin your Halloween is Chirstian Kimberly Daniels who, in an essay on "The Danger of Celebrating Halloween," calls the frightfest "dedicated to darkness and is an accursed season," and maintains that "Curses are sent through the tricks and treats of the innocent whether they get it by goin ... More >>
The newest Coke product is a mini can, less than half the size of a standard 20-ounce bottle that contains just 90 calories. Expected to hit stores in December, the mini cans are meant to act as a "portion-control option," as part of Coca-Cola's "Living Well" initiative. [Washington Post] Da ... More >>
Yes and no. But there are lots of small consolations.
Your goal? Give cheaply, rather than spend dumbly
You want scary? How about a return to the '50s?
Behind the scenes, a scary game of chicken between the city and a developer who dreams of high-rise condos that won't amuse you
The American International Toy Fair Comes to Town
Mr. Toussaint, how will you purchase your Christmas ham?
The Medium Is the Message
A Giuliani Patronage Hire Whose Job Defied Description
Retailers Put All Their Grenades in One Basket
Upstanding Suburban Citizen Eminem Sets the Fatherhood Standard
Civil Rights Advocates Fight Compromise on Election Reform
Kmart Recently Filed for Bankruptcy Protection. Upset?
The Holiday Season is Upon Us. Feel Like Celebrating or Hibernating?
Case of Preoperative Woman Raped at Men's Homeless Facility Exemplifies City's Dilemma
An Interview With the Toy Collector
Homophobes Can Boycott, Too
Austin Powers Lays Two Nations on the Carpet
Photos by Michael Sofronski
''...it is possible that once she has been arrested she will make a suicide attempt.''
From FBI Psychological Profile of Suspect Terry Squillacote
Lucky Seven Pays Off Big When You're Corn-Fed and White