DMV to Internet-less New Yorkers: Get in Line

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The new system is nothing short of revolutionary -- that is, if you've heard of it.
In February, the New York State DMV launched a revamped website capable of processing a bevy of transactions without requiring that dreaded visit to a DMV office. To expedite those transactions that still require in-person processing, the site offers a quick and easy online reservation system, with many same-day appointments available.

The new system is nothing short of revolutionary -- that is, if you've heard of it.

After checking in, those with reservations receive call numbers near the top of the waiting list, essentially jumping the line.

And those who have already been waiting -- in person -- for hours because they didn't make reservations? Their wait gets longer.

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'Ouch Town, USA: Population You' Was the Best Burn at the Fort Tryon Medieval Festival

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If you can't wait for Game of Thrones to return, the Medieval Festival at Fort Tryon Park on Sunday was a close substitute, minus the random boobs.

"Manhattan's Fort Tryon Park is transformed into a medieval market town decorated with bright banners and processional flags," was the description afforded by the Washington Heights and Inwood Development Corporation, organizers of the annual festival.

The video above shows a battle royale that includes one of the hottest burns you'll witness all week.

See photos: People of the Medieval Festival in Manhattan

Below are photos from the festival.

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Damon Janes' Death Comes Amid Deeper Knowledge of Football Brain Injuries

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On Friday, in the third quarter a western New York high school football game, 16-year-old Damon Janes ran for a five-yard touchdown. A few minutes later, there was a big hit and Janes walked off the field in a daze. He collapsed unconscious on the sidelines.

The boy died on Monday.

It's the sort of tragedy that pulls the common refrain of questions to the front--Can this be prevented? Should I let my kid play football? Are we watching the last days of football as we know it?

With each collision-related football death, the questions grow louder. Knowledge on football brain injuries is quickly advancing, and each time a young player dies, we have more information than the last time it happened.

See Also: High School Football Player Tried to Sit Out Practice Shortly Before Death, Says Lawyer


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Oneida Indian Nation, of Upstate NY, Begins Radio Campaign Against "Redskins"

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A photo from 1960, a year before the Redskins became the last team to sign a black player.
The Washington Redskins have an offensive nickname. It's one of those things we'll look back on 20 years from now and find absurd.

For now, however, there is debate, there is publicity, there is a radio ad campaign. The Oneida Indian Nation, which is based in Verona, New York, has bought thousands of dollars worth of commercial time during Redskins games. They'll be on D.C.'s local stations when the team plays at home, and on the opposing team's local stations when the team plays on the road.

"We do not deserve to be called redskins. We deserve to be treated as what we are -- Americans," Oneida representative Ray Halbritter says in the ad, the Associated Press reported today.

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Kilusan Bautista's "UNIVERSAL self" Explores Cultural Identity in Urban America

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Jeremy Bautista
Jeremy Bautista noticed a parallel between colonialism and drug addiction: An outside force sweeps into lives. Appealing at first, then feels essential over time. Soon the force is in control. Reshapes philosophies and priorities. Strips identities.

Bautista, who lives in downtown Brooklyn and goes by his stage name, "Kilusan," hasn't experienced either firsthand. Instead, he's been witness to their destructive powers.

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Sneaker Boom: Price Timeline Shows Surge Between Early 2011 and Summer 2012

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Young folks buying, selling, and trading sneakers at New York's Sneaker Con 2013.
Sneakers can be a lucrative investment. As we noted in this week's issue, the free market is experiencing a sneaker boom. Prices seem to be on a constant rise and the hip teenagers at the front lines of the rush are making crazy paper.

Certain newly released shoes nearly double in price within several hours. And, often, value dramatically appreciates within a few years. At Flight Club NY, the famous sneaker consignment store, at least 31 types of sneakers are fetching four-figure prices (and they are all Nike).

The boom--and the soaring prices accompanying it--hit within the last five years. And thanks to the precise record-keeping of the folks at Flight Club, who maintain a historical price database, we can come close to marking the moment the boom rocked the sneaker world: early 2011.

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Spaceworks Transforms Vacancies Into (Affordable!) Artist Studios

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Vacant spaces will be transformed into artist studios through new initiative.
Governors Island just got a little bit cooler.

While lots of exciting activities and new projects have been popping up on the little-island-that-could -- which the city finally took over in 2010 -- there are still many unused, vacant spaces on the 172-acre plot of land just south of Manhattan.

But if a new city initiative goes as planned, those vacancies -- and some at the Brooklyn Army Terminal -- will be converted into affordable studio and rehearsal space for artists.

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10 Real-Life Etiquette Tips for Men, From a Woman

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Today the Huffington Post has an intriguing entry (with slideshow!) from Daniel Post Senning, who happens to be Emily Post's great-grandson. He explains that etiquette is not just for women, oh no -- it is for men, too, and men, in fact, "are hungry to know what to do, what is expected of them and how to distinguish themselves."

We are glad of this news, for lack of etiquette, whether from man, woman, or animal, is something that bothers us immensely. But...pardon us for being rude...Emily Post's great-grandson does not seem to frequent our social circles, and thus, his essential etiquette tips -- get good at writing thank you notes? Ask permission to hold open a door for someone? RSVP? -- are a bit, well, let's just say "high-minded" for our ilk. In terms of etiquette, we suggest starting small and working your way up! Here are our 10 real-life etiquette tips. While we're ostensibly doling them out to hungry men, really, they go for women, too. Etiquette knows no gender.

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Williamsburg's Sideshow Gallery Features a Kaleidescope of 450 Metro Artists

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Two realizations, one in pursuit of the other, strike those who enter Williamsburg's Sideshow Gallery to see curator Richard Timperio's new collection, IT'S ALL GOOD apocalypse now. The first: That every inch of wall is covered with a mosaic of paintings, from ceiling to floor, often with only inches to separate them, and no two alike in size, shape or color. The second: That the art here draws out more than passing glances and demands careful examination, like the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle that make up no unified image. It's beautiful chaos, and it's all good.

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The 10 Best NYC events of 2010

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Paul Quitoriano
Whenever we tell people what we do for a living we always get the same thing: "You must know what's going on in the city all the time," and "You must get invited to the best events." Well, yes and yes. But recommending events every freaking day of the year to you eccentric New Yorkers is not as easy as it sounds. We go to great lengths to preview the funniest comedy shows, weirdest art exhibitions, and craziest parties, which means we do end up going out a lot, and if that means taking off our pants in public, then so be it. More »

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