Aronofsky on his transformation
Tradition requires a year-end listicle. We could just tick off the news events to which rightbloggers reacted ridiculously over the past 52 weeks -- from gay marriage victories to Rand Paul's filibuster to the Boston Marathon bombing to the George Zimmerman trial to Obamacare. But everyone else i ... More >>
In no particular order, here are some of our favorite Runnin' Scared pieces of 2013.
When President Obama signed the $60 billion Sandy relief package into law back in February, the monies were given specific designations to where and what it would be spent on. The Environmental Protection Agency had claim to the post-Sandy environmental damages. As a result, the bill outsourced the ... More >>
I hate to turn into a blithering fangurl, but my top two hotties right now are practically making me develop acne, braces, and a diary. Choice one is Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who has come a long way from child stardom, rising up with the Dark Knight, though it was in 2010's cult film Hesher that he wa ... More >>
Don't let this get out because it could ruin my career! There are some women that I happen to find terribly sexy, even now in Gay Pride month. But these dames needn't worry about me--I'll just admire them from afar, as well as in this glorious photo tribute.
Broadway's Jackie Hoffman--known from Xanadu and The Addams Family--is bringing her acidic (and possibly Hasidic) hilarity to the spanking new cabaret 54Below. The place--under the legendary Studio 54 site--is being creatively consulted by Scott Wittman (Hairspray, Smash), and will feature performer ... More >>
Many of the Kennedy family and their spouses have long been walking car crashes, as doomed as cast members from Saturday Night Live. All those good looks and great connections obviously come with a price. Just yesterday, Mary Richardson Kennedy--RFK Jr.'s troubled estranged wife--was found dead at ... More >>
The Organ Meat Society recently enjoyed a splendid meal at northern Chinese restaurant Minzhongle, on Main Street in Flushing. But one dish really stood out, name-wise, bringing a chuckle to everyone's lips -- Big Buekstraps Paddywack. What could it be? We wondered as we ordered it.
via WikipediaA New York Times report says the Drug Enforcement Administration has laundered money for drug cartels in an effort to "identify how criminal organizations move their money, where they keep their assets and, most important, who their leaders are." This controversial tactic was ban ... More >>
via WikipediaOn October 24th, 1931, you were dedicated as the "Hudson River Bridge." Soon after, you were renamed, and now everyone calls you George. As the world's busiest bridge, we know you have a lot on your plate today. We just want to quickly say, "Happy Birthday," and let you know how ... More >>
David Shankbone/WikipediaThat's the contention of this very enjoyable article by Mike Lupica in the New Yortk Daily News. Says Lupica: "As Bill Maher likes to put it, when Palin ran for Vice President, her idea of a 'gotcha' question was being asked what she likes to read. "Palin's truest ... More >>
J. Cole Bowery Ballroom Tuesday, August 9 Better than: Listening to "Headlines" on repeat. (Or even once.) It's not easy being J. Cole. Great expectations have been dumped on him, a steaming pile of hope and hype and hoopla on his shoulders. Bossman Jay-Z shoved him into the spotlight on "A Star ... More >>
David Shankbone/WikipediaLarry Kramer is the longtime elder statesman slash screamer of the gay community, who's always berating LGBTs--and the world--for taking crumbs of acceptance without fighting for true equality. And he's usually right. The Normal Heart author is appalled that so muc ... More >>
The 2012 Cherry Blossom Centennial StampYesterday, the dying government institution that is the United States Postal Service made one last attempt at staying relevant by offering sneak-peeks of new 2012 stamps over Facebook and Twitter. They will post a new stamp every weekday for some undete ... More >>
WikipediaPablo is not happy. Oh art thieves, your crime of choice sure does seem like a glamorous business when you're envisioning yourself as Pierce Brosnan in The Thomas Crown Affair remake. But then you get caught like Mark Lugo, a 31-year-old from Hoboken, who was arrested in a hotel in N ... More >>
The award winner!UPDATED: Hold the presses! It turns out that another Scientology DVD also won a major award. More info after the break! We get some complaints in our comments from Scientologists who say that we're a little too hard on L. Ron H ... More >>
via FreshnessmagBun B Good Units (Complex Foot Locker's Sneakerpedia Launch Party) Tuesday, May 17 Better than: Waiting outside in the rain (at least for the shoes' sake). Last night at Good Units, there were more cameras aimed at the floor than at the stage--which might have been fittin ... More >>
Alosa sapidissima. Pretty, isn't it?A few things you probably didn't know about shad, but which Wikipedia assures us are true: - also known as river herrings, they belong to the family Clupeidae - they play an unusual role in Virginia politics: every April, a Shad Planking (wherein the fish ... More >>
Left to right: Raphael Saddiq, Luther Vandross, Usher, Gerardo, Masta Killa, and Jimmy RollinsIt's a poorly kept industry secret that rock writers are cheaters, frauds, and goons -- as dependent on Google as a clown is on facepaint. Our ongoing column "Are You Smarter Than a Rock Critic?" pee ... More >>
Ty BellinghamYesterday, we talked to Ty Bellingham, the new chef at Kittichai, who made the move from Sydney, Australia with his family to bring his Thai food expertise to New York City. Today, he reveals what's in his fridge, a few of his hopes and dreams, and his biggest culture shocks so f ... More >>
via WikipediaIf you're going to Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky's wedding this Saturday, be sure to bring cash as a gift. They'll need it! The lavish affair, held in tents 90 miles north of Manhattan, is the wedding of the year, with three-plus million reportedly being spent, no doubt on ... More >>
via WikipediaIf medical marijuana becomes legalized in New York, then what next? Free cocaine for any anxious mess who manages to manipulate a prescription for it?
Just when you thought you had filled out your April Papers right -- with all of those supposedly feel-good tax-deductible donations you made in order to chip away at what you owe/can squeeze out of Uncle Sam -- the Supreme Court swoops in to piss on your tax-return parade: the American govern ... More >>
Oh, you crazy NYU kids. While there may not have been any awesome shenanigans at the Class of 2010's graduation today (unless you count Alex Baldwin's speech?) in comparison to the year before, your younger brethren still managed a solid in the New York Times.
Welcome to Ask the Critics, in which we answer your food, eating, and restaurant questions. Check out previous weeks' queries, and e-mail email@example.com with your own. Montreal Food Guy wondered: Hi Robert and Sarah, This may seem like an odd question, but here it goes: Do people in ... More >>
via WikipediaThat phrase--so popular among Roman Catholics like myself--has very little resonance in 2010 New York considering that most people in question are ALREADY going to hell. Just to name one example, someone I know brazenly stole stones from the Roman catacombs to put in his apartme ... More >>
Citizen Cope is somehow everywhere
David Shankbone/WikipediaMarco's mural welcomes visitors to the Lower East Side Last week, we ranked our 10 best East Village restaurants. Tomorrow, we'll wander a few blocks south to rank their Lower East Side counterparts. Because the geographical boundaries of the Lower East Side are open ... More >>
WikipediaGage & TollnerBack in 2004. TGI Friday's desecrated took over the space that Gage & Tollner had occupied since 1892, horrifying preservationists, foodie types, and regular people with a sense of decency alike. So when TGI's vacated in 2007 and reports surfaced that Arby's would be th ... More >>
NYC The Blog finds something we hadn't noticed: Bike Polo in Sara D. Roosevelt Park downtown. There's a U.S. Bicycle Polo Association, which claims the game's a hundred years old, but they seem to play on grass; Wikipedia traces "Hardcourt Bike Polo" to "early 2000s Seattle" and links to a "mall ... More >>
One bag telegraphs purity, the other an earthy earnestness. Which will win? Could it be a tie? And why do they insist on calling them "sandwiches"? The Big Mac was born in 1968, when a burger modeled on the Big Boy invented by a Pittsburgh franchisee was nationalized. It has been the flagsh ... More >>
Lucky L train riders have had digital signs telling them when trains are coming (not always accurately, in our experience, but usually close enough for comfort). Now the MTA, which has mainly offered us blood, sweat and tears lately, says on December 2010, if not sooner, they'll start equipp ... More >>
Photo of Ida Maria plus models by David Wentworth.In the week "I'mma Let You Finish" became the new "WAZZUP!" (see how well that one aged!), we leaned back, helpless as the Maxwell Man (our references are old today, huh?) as Kanye annihilated his own website and the hopes and dreams of a 19-y ... More >>
The Blueprint 3 tracklist is out, and the stats are in: four solo Jay songs, at least one of which is nearly guaranteed to be Jay going not so hard (unless "Venus vs. Mars" is about something entirely different than we think it is), and another one of which is "D.O.A." There is indeed a son ... More >>
Catching up with our finest purveyor of impromptu noise-punk trilogies
When he wrote "Thank You For Being a Friend," Andrew Gold probably didn't expect it to end up as an anthem for Depends-wearing Golden Girls, but his obscure ditty did find its place as the bouncy theme song to that classic '80s sitcom. Here is his own version of the song, and it's surprisingly almo ... More >>
Carb-o-liciousJapanese bakeries tend to have an imaginative approach to bread products. There are the perfectly square, unnaturally puffy white loaves, and then there are buns stuffed with canned corn and cheese, and tea sandwiches filled with multi-colored mostly-mayo spreads. The downtown branch o ... More >>
A freshly reunited nation struggles to take this band seriously
What you expect ensues
I recently had such a huge hit with my blogs about "the most overrated destinations in the world" that I'm still fielding kudos for them while hoping people don't realize I left out Detroit. Well, now it's time for the inevitable followup, which explores the flip side of the devalued coin. What are ... More >>
Everything greatand everything you forgot was lousyabout British guitar-rock
Come on people, how much more do you need out of Princess Raccoon? Also on DVD, Fritz Lang's clockwork noir The Woman in the Window.
300 Chelsea galleries throw their doors open for the new fall season