Nearly a Year After His Death, Counterculture Radio Legend Steve Post Still Brings the Laughs

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Steve Post
Those familiar with the late FM-radio legend Steve Post likely remember one of the early masters of free-form radio, notorious for his acerbic wit and spontaneous on-air personality. When he died last summer at age 70 after a long battle with lung cancer, he was eulogized as a curmudgeon "who mischievously mocked himself, his employers, his sponsors, and the conventions of broadcasting."

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Servers Respond to Their $2.50 Raise: 'Cool'

Categories: Culture, Food

Katie Toth for the Village Voice
Joe O'Dea, 54, has been working at Jim Brady's Irish Pub for twenty years. He's "undecided" about the tipped minimum wage increase slated for December 2015.
Activists are celebrating the rise of New York State's minimum tipped wage, from $5 to $7.50 an hour, as a major victory.

But in the classic hipster style this city — Brooklyn in particular — has made famous, bartenders and servers in the upscale restaurants and bars of New York reacted with a modest range of emotions, from pleasant surprise to chill ambivalence.

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The Aggressively Freaky 'Mr. Lower East Side' Pageant Is Forced to Brooklyn

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Claude Debris, center, in the houndstooth suit, was crowned Mr. Lower East Side 2015 this week at a bar in Brooklyn. "The Lower East Side is a state of mind," says the pageant's organizer.
After fifteen years of celebrating an anti-pageant featuring nudity, bizarre genitalia-related talent shows, and an all-night bacchanal in Manhattan, the annual Mr. Lower East Side was moved to Brooklyn this year.

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These People Take Their 'First Editions' of the Iliad Very Seriously

Categories: Books, Culture

"This is a...this is a first edition?"
In the latest Jennifer Lopez hate-watch masterpiece, The Boy Next Door, she plays a classics teacher who is seduced by her strapping young student, played by Ryan Guzman. In one particularly unfortunate scene, he comes by her desk to give her a Victorian-era copy of Homer's ancient oral epic the Iliad that he bought "for a buck at a garage sale"; she gasps, "Is this — a first edition?!"

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Hippies Say Goodbye to UWS Sculpture With Interpretive Dance, Yoga Ceremony

Categories: Art, Culture

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Visitors flocked to visit Phoenix in the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine on February 19. The sculpture's year-long run will soon come to a close.
Yoga in New York is not an unusual activity.

But yoga in chairs? In a 123-year-old Episcopal church? Under a giant, turquoise-lit sculpture of a floating pair of birds? That doesn't happen every day.

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Thirty Things to Do in New York City Before You Turn 30

Maro Hagopian for the Village Voice
New York is the best and worst place to be young — you're perpetually broke, sleep-deprived, and starving, yet you'll never have more fun in your life. The city is a fickle mistress, though, and soon your favorite places will be overrun with early-twentysomething amateurs (ugh, you were never like those embarrassing n00bs) and emptying your Netflix queue will be the new "staying out till dawn." Here's a list of the things you should tackle before both your body — and your favorite bars — shut down completely.

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Why Female My Little Pony Fans Are Exalted Among 'Bronies'

Katie Toth, Village Voice
"I told my mom I was going to watch My Little Pony and she said, 'Only weird guys watch that,' " says Brittany Anderson, a female "brony." "That's not true!"
When Savannah O'Connor goes to Star Trek conventions, she braces herself for the inevitable barrage of quizzes from skeptical male fans testing her authenticity.

They're usually shot down quickly: O'Connor, 29, isn't the type to stumble over the difference between Romulans and Vulcans. "Thankfully," she says, "I have an encyclopedic knowledge of Star Trek."

But at conventions for the animated television series My Little Pony, the tables turn.

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Jon Stewart's Five Most Memorable NYC Moments on The Daily Show

For most of the past two decades on The Daily Show, Jon Stewart has been as important a part of our political and cultural discourse as anyone. But he was often criticized for letting his New Jersey and New York City roots bleed into his show, which was otherwise directed at a national audience. He interviewed New York personalities, would sometimes send up the local story of the day, and had an odd fixation with being a vocal champion of the New York utility pizza slice. But what some saw as a show that was "too New York" (a criticism also leveled against Big Apple–based late-night comedy shows like Saturday Night Live and Late Night with David Letterman), we saw as a sign that one of our most beloved voices was also one of us. As he begins his lame-duck period before leaving The Daily Show later this year, let's look back at five of Stewart's best on-air New York City Moments.More »

The Ten Strangest Museums in New York City

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Image from the Transport Workers Union Local 100 website
The New York Transit Museum in Brooklyn
Let's be real: February in New York leaves much to be desired. It's cold, it's gray, and it's snowy. It's a time to hide from the world in a museum. But while classics like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cloisters, and the Guggenheim are great, you're not limited to them. In fact, New York City has more than 115 museums.

That's right: You don't have to keep visiting the Museum of Natural History over and over again, hoping this time to see Neil deGrasse Tyson so that you two can finally fall in love (not that, you know, there's anything wrong with that).

You can go somewhere else. But where? To answer this question, the VIllage Voice interviewed Allison Amend about the ten strangest museums in New York. Amend is qualified, too: She's the writer behind This Is a Really Serious Piece, which chronicled her every visit to every museum in New York, a tour she completed in 2013.

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Meet the Two New Yorkers Who Are Starting a Preschool for Adults

Categories: Culture, Education

Courtesy of Michelle Joni Lapidos.
These women want to transport you back to a time of glitter and glue and everything nice.

Michelle Joni Lapidos is the girl who would not grow up.

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