Queens Elementary School Goes Completely Vegetarian, First To Do So In U.S.

P.S. 244Q in Flushing is known to students, teachers and parents alike as "The Active Learning Elementary School." It was opened five years ago by its principal, Robert Groff, as an experimental institution focused on nutrition. The school is the Bloomberg administration's educational dream, placing a heavy emphasis on learning and public health.

In January, the school began to limit the meat in breakfast and lunch meals to specific days of the week. But, yesterday, the school made an unprecedented move: now, it will be the first public school in the United States of America to serve an all-vegetarian menu.

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Video: People Casually Doing Nitrous On the Street in Williamsburg After Jam Band Show

The above video is of people casually selling and taking whippets (nitrous oxide, or "hippie crack") on North 7th Street in Williamsburg. This is following a Widespread Panic show on Saturday night, unsurprisingly.

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Does Julia Allison Know What Burning Man Is?

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The above is a photo Julia Allison tweeted today of the bags that she's taking to Burning Man, the crunchy outdoor sweat-festival in Nevada.

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Occupation of Wall Street Happening In September; Planning Meeting Tomorrow

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On September 17, Wall Street will be occupied. Not by warring/face-grabbing traders and not by troops sent in to put the volatile area under martial law, but by protesters who are going to "set up tents, kitchens, peaceful barricades and occupy Wall Street." #OccupyWallStreet has been organized by Adbusters, the "culture jamming" collective, who refer to Wall Street as the "Gomorrah of America." (Where is America's Sodom?) There's a planning meeting tomorrow.

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Hipsters Came From Cavemen

We have oft wondered, where exactly did hipsters come from (and, more intriguing, how did "hipster," a word with 1940s jazz origins, become co-opted to indicate the generic bespectacled fedora-hat-wearing usually white people hogging the name in current society?). Thus, it is with some pleasure (minus the minor annoyance, like an inspect bite, gained from the fact that we are still talking about hipsters) that we viewed this video. Which was arguably created by hipsters. Still, it's amusing. We miss beatniks. But it's all just circle of life, right? Right. Hipsters are just...humans. [via Laughing Squid][@thisisjendoll]

SUNY Purchase Art Professor Teaches Illegal Squatting

Chris Robbins, an art professor at SUNY Purchase, is expanding his extra-curricular activities into teaching illegal squatting for his so-called "hipster students." Yesterday he held a class, unaffiliated with the university, in SoHo (appropriately, in a shuttered Catholic school on Mott Street) in hopes of helping "at least one or two of the 20 attendees...find an unoccupied apartment or condo and unsafely and illegally move in -- without paying rent or taxes."

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Berkeley Residents Panicking Over Almost Non-Existent Radiation

The Daily has an article (not that I can read the whole thing in my iPad-less state!) about irritating Berkeley, Calif. residents being irrationally afraid of radiation from the nuclear crisis in Japan. They are flocking to the area's health food vitamin apothecary-places to buy potassium iodide, which protects against thyroid cancer resulting from exposure to radioactive iodine. This, despite the fact that no elevated radiation levels have been detected in California. More »