Earlier this month, Poland Spring -- a company that filters free, decently clean water, and then packages it and sells it for a profit -- launched a "cheers" campaign highlighting its status as New York's no. 1 beverage brand. The company did so in support of the NYC Marathon, which is a fine enough ... More >>
It can be hard to recapture the terror of Halloweens past, can't it? The simpler time when the holiday was about extorting as much candy as possible out of your neighbors, then rushing home as fast as you could, fully convinced that a multitude of ghosts and demons were about to claw their way out o ... More >>
The slobs won. Then it got complicated. In film after film from the late '70s into the mid-'80s, the slobs -- often led by writer-director-actor Harold Ramis, who died today at age 69 -- trounced the snobs in each of their face-offs: at Faber College, at Camp North Star, at Sergeant Hulka's Fort Ar ... More >>
I can't believe I'm going public with this, and I may well regret it, but here goes: I visited the new Gowanus Whole Foods (214 3rd Street, 718-907-3622) the other night and I really liked it. God help me. I need to emphasize: I'm not being paid to say this. I don't even write for this blog usuall ... More >>
A decade ago, the average New Yorker would be hard-pressed to name 10 destination-worthy Thai restaurants, but as the city's collective palate has expanded, so too have the options for regional cuisines from Southeast Asia; fiery, sour Northeastern Isaan flavors seem to be in particular abundance th ... More >>
The government officially shut down at midnight, which means that, for the time being, only essential government services will be in operation. High on the list of government services deemed "nonessential" is the management of federal Twitter accounts. Along with the national parks, the Environme ... More >>
Hurricane Sandy has completely destroyed Brooklyn recording studio The South Sound. Located at the mouth of the Gowanus Canal, the 7000 square foot music and arts building which records bands like Beach Fossils, The Melvins, and Wild Arrows stood no chance against the flood waters that rushed in Mon ... More >>
A little more than a month after the Environmental Protection Agency released its long-awaited report on the non-cancer dangers of dioxins, consumer groups have called on Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration to officially stop buying products which contain these chemicals. New York's Center fo ... More >>
A court decided yesterday that the upstate town of Dryden -- located in Tompkins county -- can bar hydrofracking -- marking a major win for fracking opponents. The New York Times reports that Dryden's battle began in August, when the town's board passed a zoning law that bans gas drilling w ... More >>
If you go for a swim in New York's waterways, you might have a bit of uninvited company -- the 27 billion gallons of raw sewage that get dumped into the harbors yearly, that is. Leif Percifield, a grad student at Parsons, would like to reduce this deluge of human excrement flowing through t ... More >>
Ah, Second Avenue subway. We've had some ups and downs with you in the seemingly interminable time we've been waiting for your completion. You're noisy, some of us had to move because of you, there was that gross thing with the flies, and, of course, a big question has been, how sick are you making ... More >>
Photo by Mindy TuckerLizz Winstead is a wee bit tired. She's been traveling since June 14 with her "Planned Parenthood, I'm Here For You!" Comedy Tour, which has spanned 12 cities and 10 states. Plus she's been working on her upcoming book, out in June of 2012. All this activity "does energiz ... More >>
From the toxic right, a surprisingly healthy notion?
We've come a long way, people. At one point we thought the world was flat! Now cruise ships docking at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal will get to plug into a giant electrical outlet instead of spreading their diesel fumes into Red Hook. It's taken two years of "plug negotiations" (not the offic ... More >>
Stephen SlaybaughBob Pfeifer. Cleveland Confidential Book Tour, moderated by Luc Sante and featuring Cheetah Chrome, Mike Hudson, and Bob Pfeifer plus Eric Davidson powerHouse Arena Saturday, April 9 Better Than: Watching the East River burn while sitting in a swank DUMBO loft. There must ... More >>
By all accounts, the bedbug front keeps getting scarier. See "Sick Fucks Now Promoting Bedbug-Infestation as a Revenge Tactic." But what, really, is the state of the bedbug? Is all this talk just a bunch of fear-mongering? Or is the city's battle over bedbugs just beginning? We caught up with ... More >>
More refreshing without the natural gas drilling.While oil drilling has made a sorry wreck of the Gulf coast, another kind of drilling could threaten New York's water supply.
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Each Thursday, your Crap Archivist brings you the finest in forgotten and bewildering crap culled from basements, thrift stores, estate sales and flea markets. I do this for one reason: Knowledge is power. Creating With Macrame Author: Suzanne Stiles Date: 1971 Publisher: American ... More >>
Remember when former mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner wanted subway cars dumped in the Hudson to create an environmentally groovy artificial reef? And how, when New York couldn't get it together, we started shipping the cars to Delaware, where they were dumped instead? We have some bad news for Del ... More >>
Down on the Hudson River by Fort Edward, New York, General Electric, supervised by the EPA, started dredging today. They're looking to remove from the river the PCBs (Polychlorinated biphenyls) GE dumped there decades ago. When the government announced in the 1970s that PCBs are harmful to both f ... More >>
It was not all that long ago that ethanol, the natural alcohol made from organic material, was being hailed as a major step forward in the creation of environmentally-friendly replacements for fossil fuels. Typically made of corn in America, government looks on ethanol so fondly that Congress has pa ... More >>
This is not Wii's long-awaited lightsaber game
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According to a press release from Mayor Bloomberg's office, the 17-member congestion pricing panel —3 appointees each from Bloomberg, Governor Spitzer, the City Council, Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, and one each from the Senate Minority Leader Malcolm Smith a ... More >>
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