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  • Voice Choices

    September 24, 2014


    Aronofsky on his transformation

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2013

    The 10 Dumbest Rightblogger Ideas of 2013, Part 1

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 25, 2013

    Our Favorite Runnin' Scared Stories of the Year

    In no particular order, here are some of our favorite Runnin' Scared pieces of 2013.

  • Theater

    August 21, 2013
  • Blogs

    May 3, 2013

    EPA Grants New York $340 Million To Clean Up Sandy's Watery Mess

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2012

    The Two Sexiest Guys In Show Biz/Media Right Now

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2012

    Women That I Find Really Sexy, I Swear

    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.

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2012

    Jackie Hoffman Will Deflower A Hot New Cabaret Space

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2012

    The Kennedy Curse Strikes Again With New Death

    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 >>

  • Film

    May 16, 2012
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    March 23, 2012

    At Flushing's Minzhongle: Best Dish Name in the Entire City?

    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.

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2011

    DEA Money Laundering; German Evacuation From WWII Bombs; Socrates Dies

    via Wikipedia​A 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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2011

    Happy 80th Birthday, George Washington Bridge!

    via Wikipedia​On 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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2011

    Sarah Palin Is The Kim Kardashian Of Politics

    David Shankbone/Wikipedia​That'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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2011

    Live: J. Cole Brings His Stardust To The Bowery Ballroom

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2011

    Larry Kramer Says Gay Marriage Is An Embarrassment

    David Shankbone/Wikipedia​Larry 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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2011

    U.S. Postal Service Tries to Stay Relevant by Increasing Social Media Presence

    The 2012 Cherry Blossom Centennial Stamp​Yesterday, 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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2011

    Mark Lugo of Hoboken Arrested in Theft of Picasso Sketch

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2011

    Scientology Wins a Major Award! Mind Power Vindicated! [UPDATED]

            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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2011

    Live: Bun B Gets His Kicks At Good Units

    via Freshnessmag​Bun 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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2011

    For One Night, Savoy Will Become a Shad Shack

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2011

    Rock-Critic Pop Quiz #2: How Many Members Of New Edition Can You Name?

    Left to right: Raphael Saddiq, Luther Vandross, Usher, Gerardo, Masta Killa, and Jimmy Rollins​It'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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2010

    Kittichai's Ty Bellingham, Part II: First Thanksgiving, Ratatouille & Cooking in a Batman Costume

    Ty Bellingham​Yesterday, 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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2010

    Chelsea Clinton's Overpriced Wedding

    via Wikipedia​If 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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2010

    Medical Marijuana: What Next?

    via Wikipedia​If medical marijuana becomes legalized in New York, then what next? Free cocaine for any anxious mess who manages to manipulate a prescription for it?

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2010

    Supreme Court: Al-Qaeda is Not a Tax-Deductible Donation

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2010

    NYU's Anti-Facebook 'Diaspora' Sneak 'Icky' F-Word Into the New York Times

    ​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.

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2010

    Do Hawaiians Eat Hawaiian Pizza? Plus, a Little History

    ​Welcome to Ask the Critics, in which we answer your food, eating, and restaurant questions. Check out previous weeks' queries, and e-mail 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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2010

    "You're Going to Hell If You Do That!"

    via Wikipedia​That 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 >>

  • Voice Choices

    February 9, 2010


    Citizen Cope is somehow everywhere

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2010

    Tomorrow: Our 10 Best Lower East Side Restaurants

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2010

    Surprisingly, the Gage & Tollner Arby's Looks Pretty Nice

    WikipediaGage & Tollner​Back 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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2009

    Video: Bike Polo in Sara D. Roosevelt Park

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2009

    Battle of the Dishes: Big Mac vs. The Whopper

    ​ 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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2009

    MTA: 150 Subway Stations Will Get Digital Train Timers

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2009

    Week in Review: ZOWEE

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2009

    Jay-Z's Blueprint 3 Tracklist Looks Like Mad Libs

    ​ 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 >>

  • Music

    July 28, 2009

    On the Exhausting Exhilaration of Oneida

    Catching up with our finest purveyor of impromptu noise-punk trilogies

  • Columns

    April 22, 2009
  • Blogs

    January 26, 2009

    YouTube Treasure: The Golden Girls Theme In Its Nascent Form

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2008

    Strange Snacks of the World--Noodle Sandwich

    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 >>

  • Music

    November 19, 2008

    Nickelback's Shitfaced Nights and Blowjob Queens

    A freshly reunited nation struggles to take this band seriously

  • Columns

    November 5, 2008
  • Film

    October 15, 2008
  • Blogs

    September 24, 2008

    The Most Fabulous Destinations in the World

    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 >>

  • Music

    November 13, 2007

    When Now Wasn't Soon Enough

    Everything great—and everything you forgot was lousy—about British guitar-rock

  • Screens

    July 3, 2007

    Nuts, Ninjas, and Metamorphic Sprites

    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.

  • Art

    October 10, 2006
  • Art

    September 26, 2006

    The Art World Jungle

    300 Chelsea galleries throw their doors open for the new fall season

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