Last winter, after parts of the eastern United States, including NYC, suffered an extended cold snap that broke all-time records in some places, the media latched onto the term: "polar vortex." It sounded movie-title-ish, like a sequel to The Day After Tomorrow, and so was bound to catch on. And it ... More >>
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Outkast have made something of an art form out of cleverly describing their own level of "cool." Though the Atlanta duo is far from the first rap group to do so, Big Boi and Andre 3000 have certainly made a game out of it, employing all manner of wordplay in their explanations of the matter. "Cooler ... More >>
While we're trying our best to forget the haunting subzero wind chills of this winter, a chat with chef Ian Kittichai of the East Village's Spot Dessert Bar (13 St. Mark's Place, 212-677-5670) reminds us that there may have been one positive outcome of a polar vortex: inspiration.
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Alex Sverdlov had climbed the volcano alone a year ago. It took him three and a half days to reach the top and get back to sea level. The hike was peaceful and not steep, but it was challenging enough that he decided to summit the volcano again. He was an experienced outdoorsman and strenuous advent ... More >>
It is ugly out there. Winter storm Nika swept into town late last night, bringing with her heavy snow, sleet, freezing rain, traffic jams, public transit delays, and a risk of power outages. The National Weather Service is forecasting accumulations of 4 to 6 inches of snow, and a quarter inch to f ... More >>
New evidence confirms what we've always known: New Yorkers are the worst. It didn't take more than five seconds of being outside in last week's Polar Vortex to realize that going out to get food was not a viable option, so many hungry patrons across the country took to Grubhub.com and Seamless.com ( ... More >>
It had not started snowing in New York City on Thursday afternoon, but Mayor Bill de Blasio (on his second day on the job) was already cautioning New Yorkers to stay in Thursday night. "Please stay home tonight, and stay off the roads," de Blasio said at a press conference following the swearing-i ... More >>
If you haven't looked out the window yet, this might be news: It's kind of really snowing in New York. No reports of serious traffic accidents. City schools are open. Not to undersell it, though. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory that lasts until 5 p.m., and the city ... More >>
Blizzard Warning for NYC from 6AM Fri 2/8 to 1PM Sat 2/9. Forecast: 10-14 inches of snow & strong winds weather.gov/nyc via @notifynyc— City of New York (@nycgov) February 7, 2013 Good luck out there.
Back away from the liquor aisle. After conflicting reports yesterday showed this year's first Nor'easter, inscrutably named Nemo, either splashing a little rain or dumping 38 inches of snow on us and, maybe, ending the world as we know it. The vast discrepancies come from three different weather m ... More >>
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That jump in the citywide crime rate has continued through the sixth week of the year, up over 5 percent so far, with thefts and robbery accounting for the increase. Robberies, burglaries and grand larceny are all up 10 percent citywide. Crime is up through Feb. 12 by double digits in three of the ... More >>
Winter has been weird this year here in New York. The snow has been light, or oddly timed (Halloween is for witch hats, not snow bonnets); many weeks have had one day where it's 20 degrees and one where it's 60; there might be record-breaking winters elsewhere, but the idea that that could happen he ... More >>
It's snowing! Did you notice? Winter finally decided to grace us with its presence, and it brought with it a winter weather advisory that will be in effect until 4 p.m. today. The National Weather service predicts 4 to 5 inches of snow, but says the heaviest downfall will happen before noon. The MTA ... More >>
You are probably aware that snow has come to New York City. Considering you can't yet spend your snow days watching the city's online map that will track when salt spreaders or plows went down city streets (if you're intrigued you can watch Mayor Bloomberg discuss the tool at this morning's press c ... More >>
WTF, weather? For days we've been sashaying about complaining and/or rejoicing (whether we're feeling glass-half-empty or glass-half-full) about the bizarre temperate weather. Our actual winter coat has only been worn, like, twice! But today, in weird conjunction with the MTA's announcement t ... More >>
Millions of people lost power and at least three deaths were reported as a result of yesterday's snowstorm along the east coast. States in the Northeast were hit the hardest and CNN reports parts of New Jersey were buried in as much as 15.5 inches of snow. Airline cancellations stranded passe ... More >>
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Here you go, New Yorkers depressed over this season's interminable blizzards and "wintry mix": You're in good company. 76 percent of Northeasterners consider winter a downer, and 4 in 10 Americans say weather affects their mood. But there's an unsuspected upside: Bad weather actually means mo ... More >>
This just in: Punxsutawney Phil has not seen his shadow. According to tradition, this means the prophetic groundhog has predicted an early spring as opposed to six more weeks of winter. Just in time for an ice storm!
Although our winter storm warning has been downgraded to an advisory, the weather still has the makings of something rather apocalyptic. It's being called "life-threatening." Across the nation, people are freaking out. Even people in England are worried about our well-being (or are smugly enj ... More >>
Are you an optimist? Do you think winter will be over after the upcoming deathstorm kills you and everyone you love? If Las Vegas is to be believed (which they always are), brace yourself for six more weeks of this crap.
• There is a "historic winter storm" headed across the U.S. that meteorologists predict will last through Wednesday and impact a third of the U.S. population, primarily in the Midwest and the South. New York may get an ice storm (currently a "snow to wintry mix" is predicted for Tuesday). B ... More >>
Yesterday we posted video of the New York City cab that caught on fire in Wednesday's snowstorm and suddenly exploded. No one was injured, except, financially, the cabbie himself, who has been ticketed due to his vehicle blocking the road when a tow truck failed to come and get it soon enough ... More >>
Remember that video from last month's snowstorm of the snow plow smashing into the car without any care? Unfortunately for someone, the same thing has happened again during this snowstorm. In a twist of fate, this accident took place on the same exact street in Brooklyn Heights! Video of the ... More >>
Never take a cab in a snowstorm. This is advice we feel extremely strongly about. Best case scenario, it never goes well, and you will fear for your life more than once. Worst case scenario, your cab explodes. This happened last night.
The New York Times interviewed a "weather hobbyist" today, who says he's crunched the numbers and predicts that New York is going to get a lot more snow this winter.
Mayor Bloomberg, still facing the wrath of New Yorkers disgruntled with last week's snow clean-up, held a press conference today, reassuring panicked citizens that the city will be able to handle tomorrow's snowstorm.That's supposed to be reassuring, or something, but since there are only five in ... More >>
Has your street been cleared yet? Turns out the city's cleanup workers aren't really sure. The New York Times talked to the city's Department of Sanitation today and found that the city's method of tracking street maintenance during snowstorms is (surprise!) "notably incomplete and potential ... More >>
viaAccording to those on the ground, the snow has started to fall in New York City, where blizzards are expected to drop at least a foot of snow on Sunday. Wind and white stuff have grounded flights in the Northeast, including out of New York's JFK and LaGuardia, in addition to neighboring Ne ... More >>
quietfish.comRemember, only use clean snow! Now that New York City has had its first snowfall, no matter how pitiful of a flurry it was, it's time to think about maple taffy, that glorious confection invented by our friends up North who can't ever drive to the grocery store because there's f ... More >>
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Cocoa Bar's hot chocolate goes well with a sudden snowfall, but will it make our 10 best? Tomorrow, with a nod to snowstorms of the recent past and imminent future, we turn both our thoughts and cold little hands to hot chocolate. Ours is a city that embraces the full spectrum of hot chocolat ... More >>
As if the snowstorm didn't do enough to slow down holiday shopping, the AP is reporting that Macy*s Herald Square flagship store was evacuated an hour ago because of heavy smoke from an escalator fire between the 3rd and 4th floors. The Fire Department says there were no injuries.
A Cold Wave-worshipping crew drags frigid, gothic pop darkness into the light
The National Weather Service predicted five to seven inches of snow for New York City. By 10:30 am, it seemed like five inches had already fallen. This fellow in Brooklyn was stoic about the entire affair.
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