On October's youngest weekend, watch a live taxidermy demo, help re-write the movie Psycho, or watch professional ballerinas dance in a church -- all for less than the price of a ticket to see Gone Girl.
I dropped my list of the 10 best restaurants for break-ups in NYC earlier this week, and on Tuesday, I dished out a few tips for finding a break-up restaurant on The Ride Home with Pat Kiernan. Breaking up is never easy, and finding the right venue for the occasion is important. Here's what I con ... More >>
In this series, Seamless Warrior John Luong reviews meals ordered from the Internet. One of the numerous pitfalls of loading the Wikipedia homepage is discovering holidays of such obscurity that not even natives of the locale celebrating the occasions are aware of their existence. Such was the case ... More >>
Victor Garber was one of the people onstage at the Golden Globes after it was announced that Argo--which he's in--had copped Best Picture, Drama. He's also in the series Deception. But I guess he doesn't want any more deception.
NYPD say that yesterday, two robbers robbed a physician's office, because as everyone who has watched a good heist film knows, one guy isn't enough, and more than guarantees that someone's going to snitch. The robbery took place in the 43rd Precinct of the Bronx on 2029 Westchester Avenue (Manhatta ... More >>
Last Saturday, 31 year-old Rudy Eugene was eating a homeless man's face before being shot dead by Miami police. A few days later, reports surfaced that a New Jersey Man stabbed himself and threw pieces of his intestines at cops. Shortly after, news broke that Alexander Kinyua, a student at Maryland' ... More >>
By Jef Otte The baby wakes up and he's hungry. He wants some food and he wants it right fucking now. Unfortunately for the baby, there are a number of things that need to take place before that can happen: He needs his diaper changed, he needs to get strapped into his high-chair and his food needs ... More >>
Mayor Bloomberg has outlawed food donations to homeless shelters because the city can't determine their salt, fat, and fiber content. [CBS] The 2012 finalists for the James Beard Foundation Awards have been announced. Winners will be chosen in May.
Wikimedia CommonsAfter an audit found that the Port Authority was nearly $2 billion overbudget, the New York Post went digging and discovered that the PA has elaborate, high-tech security plans for protecting the redesigned World Trade Center site. Maybe that's where all the money is going! ... More >>
David Shankbone/WikipediaOn February 5, Madonna will be the half-time entertainment at the Super Bowl, doing the impossible by turning a sports game into a Gay Olympics event. Her guest star will supposedly be Cee Lo Green and Madge will probably also be joined by her recording costars Nicki ... More >>
This morning Chuck Klosterman took to his perch at the ESPN-gone-McSweeney's site Grantland and tried to figure out why tUnE-yArDs' w h o k i l l, a record that he wasn't familiar with (but, he noted, that was loved by his wife), won this year's Pazz & Jop albums poll. He gave the album a lis ... More >>
You may have noticed that there's no way to go to Wikipedia today and do all your convenient research. That's because they've yanked the site for 24 hours in protest over the possible passing of SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act.
SOPA, the Stop Internet Piracy Act, is the latest congressional move to put an end to the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material. The basic idea of SOPA -- now considered in the House of Representatives -- and its Senate analog, the Protect Intellectual Property Act, purportedly aims at ... More >>
Three currently hot actresses happen to share a similar unconventionally attractive look and comic chops from the heavens. Zoe Kazan, 28, is an eccentric, doll-faced creature who has done theater (The Seagull, Angels in America) and film (Me and Orson Welles, It's Complicated) on the road to comple ... More >>
WikipediaHurricane Irene hit over two months ago, but New York's farmers and Greenmarkets are still feeling the aftereffects of devastation, DNA Info reports. The severe storm not only flooded fields of crops, but August and September were the second wettest on record, further damaging farme ... More >>
David Shankbone/WikipediaFresh off playing J. Edgar Hoover, Leonardo DiCaprio is being buzzed about to play a less closety gay. According to The Guardian, he's supposedly the frontrunner to play Alan Turing, the math wiz who helped break the Nazi code but who was broken himself when his homo ... More >>
Somebody's got to do the dirty dishes around here
WikipediaCurtis Sliwa"This really is the class warfare of New York. Beer. Hot dogs. What's next? It seems like every arena that used to be traditional, blue-collar, working class, now it's like: 'Oh no, we've got to have our own. God forbid we eat what common folks eat! And we have to pay a p ... More >>
David Shankbone/Wikipedia First of all, a guy who blew the whistle on the whole phone-hacking scandal was found dead yesterday. He was in his forties. They're not sure how he died, but the cops will look into it. The same corrupt cop force that's embroiled in this whole shady can of worms!
WikipediaWhen stuff like this happens we tend to be at a loss for words. Joseph Anderson, the principal at the Clinton School for Writers and Artists on West 33rd Street, plagiarized part of his graduation speech from a commencement address David Foster Wallace gave in 2005 at Kenyon College, ... More >>
WikipediaYesterday, Gothamist brought us the story posted on the blog Neither More Nor Less of Lisa, a woman who claimed she was arrested for sitting at a Tompkins Square Park chess table without playing chess, allegedly in violation of a sign that states, "These tables are for chess and chec ... More >>
Hoo, hoo, Fox News is so funny! Instead of using an image of the actual Sarah Palin in their news report about how Palin was "50/50″ on running for president in 2012, they used a picture of Tina Fey playing Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live. We presume this was an accident. In other Sarah ... More >>
Really?There are a lot of neat places in New York, tourist attraction or otherwise, which is why we were pretty shocked to learn that one of the most photographed spots in the city is the Fifth Avenue Apple Store. (The findings were based on one researcher's experiment with Flickr geotags.) C ... More >>
So, we all made it! No Rapture. Despite having assets of over $104 million, Harold Camping's Family Radio didn't quite get it right. How are Rapture believers dealing with it? Reuters talked to a man, Robert Fitzpatrick, who spent $140,000 of his life savings getting the word out about the Raptur ... More >>
Attention, freeloaders: from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today you can find free Häagen-Dazs scattered throughout the city. The giveaway is part of some kind of national campaign; the locations here. We're not really sure of the meaning of the giveaway, aside from the obvious publicity angle, but a ... More >>
Who knew that bears like to get high, too? Though we can't vouch for the scientific veracity of this video, it sure is fun to watch, and we're wondering where we can find mushrooms like that in the forest, too! Or maybe in the Union Square Greenmarket? It comes to us from Literal Bears I'm Jealou ... More >>
Dear Empire State Building, Happy 80th! Wow, that's old. You were born (completed, really, is the word) on May 1st, 1931, during the Great Depression. Standing 1,454' 8 9/166" tall, you were the tallest building in the world for forty years! A masterpiece of Art Deco design (although -- let ... More >>
WikipediaPrix fixe is on the menu today.Cathy S. Asks: I'm looking to have a really nice prix-fixe lunch or dinner in a comfortable setting. Can you suggest some options? Thanks. Dear Cathy: The nice thing about prix fixe is that you know what you're getting yourself into. Often dinner pr ... More >>
Well, what about that. If you google "murder," this is what comes up. Note the second entry. Cory Doctorow at Boing Boing reports that this isn't actually Google's doing, however -- "Someone has spoofed Google into making the Wikipedia entry for 'abortion' into the second result in searches f ... More >>
Eunice Sanborn, R.I.P.The oldest person in the world when today started was Eunice Sanborn at 114 years and 195 days, but BBC News is reporting, via the Daily Progress newspaper in Jacksonville, Texas, that she passed away this morning, yielding her title to Besse Cooper of Georgia, age 114 y ... More >>
Regret the error, much? In this case. Yes. God yes. Though it's already appeared elsewhere, it's worth noting: may the entirety of American Journalism beg for mercy on its fragile soul if a more epic correction than this is issued in 2010.
In some parts, actually: yeah. Take Crown Heights, for example, where the African-American and Orthodox Jewish communities rioted against each other only less than two decades ago. The New York Times pointed out the seemingly surprising crossover in Crown Heights specifically as a Black Ortho ... More >>
via WikipediaAdam Lambert is all over the place with his hit record, so I honestly don't think coming out got in the way of his making a huge splash at all.
via WikipediaRecently, I bought a huge vat of Maxwell House coffee because it was on sale and it seemed like such a great bargain. But when I got home, I looked on the container and realized it was coffee lite!
via WikipediaEver make a special visit to a world-famous tourist site--a wonder of the world, renowned for its majesty and historical importance--and just go "Eh"? That happened when I recently caught up with the Liberty Bell for the first time since elementary school.
So, there's this video going around the internet of a little boy after receiving a cochlear implant - the surgically-implanted device designed to help the hearing-impaired or fully dead actually hear - and hearing from the first time. Woman, man, whatever: if your biological clock is ticking at any ... More >>
via WikipediaOn his boyculture blog, Matthew Rettenmund helps narrow down just who it might be who's supposedly coming out on the cover of People on May 5. Signs point to a female musician, but Queen Latifah is no longer considered to be the one. (She's mainly an actress these days, don't ya ... More >>
Cher via WikipediaAs a kid, I was really good at math. Then Cher came along. After that, I only cared about hair, navels, and half breeds. So I desperately need some help in understanding the Goldman Sachs mess currently being investigated.
via WikipediaReports say that Oscar winning Rachel Weisz will play Jackie O in the period after JFK's assassination in a movie directed by her man, Darren Aronofsky--that is if a studio picks up the proposed project.
via WikipediaLast year, a batch of press people were told they could no longer vote for Broadway's Tony awards--this even though we're the only voters who didn't have a conflict of interest, seeing as we don't work for any of the shows! Well, we all carried on and screamed like highly litera ... More >>
via WikipediaSupposedly this year, Oscar winners are forewarned to save their gratitudey lists of agents and preachers for backstage. On the telecast, they'll be advised to actually say something meaningful about the work they're being rewarded for. I don't necessarily agree that the Oscars ... More >>
A discussion on Harvey Milks battle
A little background for all you Vampire Weekend fans. Hugs and Kisses is a weekly Sound of the City column from UK-based music writer Mr. Everett True, author of Nirvana: The Biography (da Capo Press)--one more book about one of the most overrated bands of the Nineties--and publisher of Plan B Magaz ... More >>
No-wave noise begets all-new catastrophies