Eataly Tells Customers It Was the Victim of a Four-Month Credit Card Data Hack

Categories: Crime, Food, Frauds

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Eataly is alerting customers who shopped at the upscale Italian market between January and April that their credit card information may have been compromised as a result of a security breach.

According to a notice posted on the Eataly website, customers who used a credit or debit card at the complex's "retail marketplace" between January 16 and April 2 may be affected.

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Pierre Simmons Collects Cans by Day and Plays Beautiful Piano by Night

Categories: Video, Work

Pierre Simmons, 62, spends his days picking up bottles and cans. He made $8 his first day. Then he met people who were "religiously" into picking up bottles and cans.

"I thought a lot of these people that did this were either drug addicts or homeless," he says. "But I was wrong." Simmons says he likes the job because "nobody tells me what to do, nobody tells me when I get paid." He's also a talented pianist. "Sometimes when I'm canning, and walking those distances, a song comes to me."

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Podcast: In Defense of Tomorrowland...and Judd Apatow

Categories: Film and TV

In this episode of the Voice Film Club podcast, LA Weekly's Amy Nicholson shares her story of Judd Apatow hate-following her on Twitter for a single day, but only after she and the Village Voice's Alan Scherstuhl discuss Tomorrowland, which is often surprising and beautiful. Remember to follow us on Twitter at @VoiceFilmClub and read all our interesting film and TV coverage at

Did Authorities in New York City Lose More Than 1,300 Confiscated Knives?

True gravity knives, like the one seen here, are virtually extinct on the modern market.
The following story has been updated to include a statement from the Manhattan district attorney's office.

Documents from the office of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. show that a program used since 2010 to justify aggressive prosecution of New York's controversial gravity knife law was marked by dysfunction and was, in its most important respects, never completed, or even begun.

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DEA Agents Accused of Running Creepy Jersey Strip Club

Categories: Crime

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Someone might be go-going to prison.
Before we rush to judgment, who among us hasn't run a secret strip club in violation of national security rules and knowingly employed undocumented workers and threatened people with a government-issued firearm? I mean, glass houses, right?

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Why Hockey Has to Rethink the Header

Categories: Sports

For something that went down at such an obscene hour EST — and that involved the other NHL conference final, i.e., not the Rangers' — the soccer-style header delivered by Chicago's Andrew Shaw in double OT against the Ducks sure attracted no paucity of New York buzz. The Times ran an explanation of the rule governing such a play. Islanders forward Michael Grabner, claiming ignorance of that proscription, saluted Shaw's effort nonetheless. And New York City FC midfielder Mix Diskerud seemed to dig it, which I know because I tweeted the clip to him and he favorited it — hooray! (The Rangers themselves might've stayed largely mum on the subject, at least on social media, but then they did have a Game 3 to prep for down in Tampa, and the whole state of Florida is still limited to 14.4 dial-up, I think.)

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New Jersey Transit Commuters Ask: Who Moved My Chair?

Categories: Transportation

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Relocated: your poor, tired ass. Believe it or not, Penn Station just got even more uncomfortable!
Commuting by train is one of life's great joys, someone said never, but there are little perks that help ease the burden: A cup of hot coffee helps, and a newspaper or book to pass the time. And, while you're waiting, a place to sit down.

For those who must avail themselves of New Jersey Transit out of New York's Penn Station, that last modicum of creature comfort and human dignity vanished without explanation earlier this month. Adding insult to, well, insult, the extraction — which removed every single seating surface on the terminal's main concourse — took place not long after the transportation agency announced proposed fare hikes that would add nearly 10 percent to the average straphanger's daily outlay.

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How Amy Schumer Became This Generation's Latest Truth-Teller

Schumer: Comedy Central, C.K.: FX
Schumer as she appears in "12 Angry Men" and C.K. in an FX promotional photo for Louie.
During "Compliments," a first-season sketch on Inside Amy Schumer, a group of female friends respond to every bit of praise with a verbal self-maiming: "I tried to look like Kate Hudson but ended up looking like a golden retriever's dingleberry," says one. Sighs another, "Of course I see everyone when I look like Susan Boyle's toothbrush."

It was sympathetic satire about female self-loathing and how women are socialized to downplay both their beauty and their achievements. A year later, Schumer floored me again with "A Very Realistic Military Game," which simultaneously skewered rape culture in the armed forces and casual misogyny in the gaming world. Last month, the third season began with another bang: "Last Fuckable Day," a viral sketch in which Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tina Fey, and Patricia Arquette torch the "Is she fuckable?" yardstick by which women are judged in the entertainment business.

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Podcast: The 'Mad Men' Ending Was the Real Thing

Categories: Film and TV

The final episode of Mad Men was upbeat — if you enjoy the death of the counterculture. On this special episode of the Voice Film Club podcast, Village Voice film editor Alan Scherstuhl and editorial fellow Lara Zarum, along with Voice TV critic Inkoo Kang, discuss the final episode of the series. Later, the trio is joined by Voice art critic R.C. Baker, who puts Coca-Cola's advertising in perspective. As always, follow us on Twitter at @VoiceFilmClub and read all our movie reviews, interviews, and news at

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New York Craigslist Is Awash in Nineties Childish Nostalgia

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If you came of age in the Nineties and early Aughts, you're probably a boring adult now (possibly one with access to more than $9 and your emergency gas card). Luckily the good people of New York Craigslist are here to help you pay out the teeth for your newly acquired nostalgia. Instead of silently seething at your intern's "retro" Doc Martens and ironic tattoo choker, bring one of these sick finds to work and show her how shit was really done.

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Here Are Your 2015 Obie Award Winners

Categories: Obies

Joan Marcus for the Public Theater
Daveed Diggs of Hamilton
F-bombs dropped aplenty during acceptance speeches in the ballroom Monday at Webster Hall, as the Village Voice and the downtown theater community celebrated the always colorful Obie awards for Off-Broadway excellence.

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People Really Hate the Mets Fedora Giveaway

Categories: Fashion, Sports

They say one fedora per crew, but what about 15,000 per crew?
"Come on Mets. You were doing so well."

That's one of the many comments Mets fans left on the club's Facebook, after the team's marketers reminded everybody that the first 15,000 fans to Saturday's game will get a free fedora. Pop culture has taught us that the rule is "one fedora per crew," but what if your crew is the population of Citi Field and there are 15,000 fedoras?

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Podcast: Is Pitch Perfect 2 Racist? And Mad Max Rules

Categories: Film and TV

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Here's Anna Kendrick reacting to this week's podcast.
Pitch Perfect 2 hits a few wrong notes for the Village Voice's Alan Scherstuhl and special guest Monica Castillo, but LA Weekly film critic Amy Nicholson interpreted the film's humor a little differently. We circle back to Sofía Vergara's performance in Hot Pursuit before arriving in the desert for Mad Max: Fury Road, a sequel that might be one of the best action movies of the year.

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Fury What? Here are Six Indie Films to See This Weekend

Categories: Film and TV

Mad Max will be around forever. See one of these movies this weekend instead!
Each week new movies open in New York (and online) by the dozen. The Voice reviews almost all of 'em. Here are some you might not have heard about that got our critics excited, for better or worse. Browse our entire film section over at

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New York State Assembly Makes an Appeal to Cuomo on...Pit Bulls

Categories: Politics

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Does this vicious pit bull have murder in his heart?
We don't generally see a lot of love expressed in the New York State legislature.

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Check Out This Illustrator's Cartoon Diary of All the Weird Things She Sees in New York City

Categories: Comedy

Andrea Tsurumi
One big upside to living in an overcrowded traveling circus New York City is the myriad of opportunities to people-watch. Andrea Tsurumi, an Astoria-based illustrator, has decided to turn that most beloved of urban activities into a cartoon diary.

In Eavesdropper, Tsurumi chronicles the flashes of bizarre behavior, or inadvertently comic situations, that spring up amid the humdrum of city life. The project grew out of a class that the 30-year-old took in 2013 while pursuing her MFA at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Called "Drawing on Location," the class had Tsurumi going into the streets to find scenarios to sketch. "I really enjoyed that kind of active approach to drawing," she says.

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Catcalling Is Just the Worst Right Now, Says Viral-Video Subject

Categories: Crime, Internet

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Shoshana Roberts, who bought the domains and, after starring in a viral video in October 2014
The email signature for New York actress Shoshana Roberts reminds you that she's the "star of the viral street harassment video with 40+ million views."

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New York City Council Women's Caucus Wants a Woman on the Twenty-Dollar Bill

Categories: Culture, Money

Courtesy Women on 20s
A grassroots push is under way to put Harriet Tubman's face on the twenty-dollar bill.
Today, the New York City Council's Women's Caucus will take to the steps of City Hall to announce a resolution calling for a woman to replace Andrew Jackson on the twenty-dollar bill, part of a nationwide initiative organized by a nonprofit called Women on 20s.

Earlier this week, the group announced that Harriet Tubman was the winner of a ten-week online vote to choose which woman it will nominate to grace the twenty-dollar bill by 2020, the 100th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment, which granted women the right to vote. The runners-up were Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks, and Wilma Mankiller, the first female chief of the Cherokee Nation. More than 600,000 votes were cast.

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Man Says Cops Are Still Parking Illegally Outside of His Midtown Business

Categories: NYPD

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Andy Hort's quixotic battle with NYPD-affiliated parking scofflaws continues.
Once again, Andy Hort is back at the end of his rope.

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Dear Chris Rock, Here's How You Can Get More Black People to Watch Baseball

Chris Rock, Newark Bears owner? Here's the full cover of this week's Village Voice. Photo-illustration: Chris Rock, David Shankbone/Creative Commons; Body Double, Michael Harris, photographed by Steve Truesdell; Newark Bears Jersey by Ebbets Field Flannels (
On April 21 Bryant Gumbel aired a monologue by Chris Rock on his HBO show Real Sports. The comedian's topic was the deteriorating relationship between baseball and African Americans. Rock played it for laughs, but it was clear he was serious about the subject.

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