Another Crowdfunding Effort Is Underway to Build Something Beachy in the Hudson River

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"I want a beach in Manhattan soooo badly," a man confides to the camera. He leans forward, hands in his pockets. A cheery tune plunks along in the background.

"Like, this much," the woman next to him adds, stretching her arms as wide as they go.

One by one, a parade of eager, hopeful beach bums flashes across the screen, all voicing their enthusiastic agreement: The city's largest borough needs a beach. STAT.

Clearly, these cheerful, wide-eyed New Yorkers want it. But how close are they to getting it?

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Yankee Stadium Prices Illustrate Two New Yorks: The Rich One at the Game, the Other Watching at Home

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The revelations last week over beer prices in major league baseball stadiums gives us a chance to use it to illustrate what has become a central topic in this year's remarkable mayoral campaign--the city's shrinking middle class and the ever broadening economic gap between the rich and poor.

This all began when the Team Marketing Report released this year's version of a report looking at stadium costs in major league baseball. (More after the jump)

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Fashion Week Might Literally Kill You, Says The Times

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The fashion industry is nothing if not intense. Thousands of designers churn out new collections each season, while a host of glossy-magazine editors and industrious bloggers traipse from show to show, awarding their seals of approval to the worthy.

A lot of cutthroat stuff goes down in the process. Have you seen The Devil Wears Prada? It's not an industry for the faint of heart.

But sometimes, we have to wonder if it's really that life-and-death. It seems like fashionistas have a tendency to exaggerate -- after all, if two people wear yellow shoes in New York this week, is it really the Next Big Trend? Must we rush out to buy yellow shoes, only to quit wearing them next weekend when someone declares that our new shoes are "so last January"?

Yes, says the Times. You must do this very seriously, as you must do all things, because fashion is serious stuff and PEOPLE MIGHT DIE. There is a flu going around, guys!


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Long Island City's Tech Takeover

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The Hozziner has his eyes set on the tech industry, repeating over and over that he wants New York City to become the new Palo Alto, the new Mountain View and the new Copertino - all hubs of some of the past decade's greatest innovations. Progress is rapidly being made to make that dream a reality: SoHo and Dumbo have become the new destinations for start-ups, NYU-Poly is proposing tech incubators left and right in Downtown Brooklyn and Bloomberg just signed off on Cornell's new applied sciences graduate school on Roosevelt Island.

But recent news point to yet another major development site in the works for a techie revolution: Long Island City, the last neighborhood in Queens before the East River and home to P.S. 1 MoMa, the 5 Pointz graffiti mecca and a whole slew of old warehouses just waiting to be refurbished into computer dens. Many have said that the village will head the way of Williamsburg and Astoria, two neighborhoods known for their recent cultural and demographic upheavals as hordes of Millennials hunt out spots for their online businesses.

Today, the Daily News reported on a brand new tech incubator that has been proposed for the industrial area in Queens - one that owners hope will spur job creation in times of rough unemployment numbers and bring a modern manufacturing wave to the growing spot.

Welcome, Long Island City, to the tech takeover.

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N.Y.C. Vs. D.C.: An Urban Culture Breakdown

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WASHINGTON D.C. - Every year, during the hot, humid, heat waves of summer, my father and I plan a historical trip of some sort to escape the hustle and bustle of New York for a few days and surround ourselves with nothing but some good ol' Founding Father lovin'. 

Last June, we traveled to Gettysburg and Antietam to check up on the once bloody Civil War sites. After endless amounts of shirts that said "Don't Tread on Me," faux Confederate flags and that fine line between insanity and historical re-enactment, we left the small towns full of antebellum nostalgia and headed back to Yankee Town.

This time around, we headed down to Washington D.C. for three days vacationing in our nation's capital. As homegrown New Yorkers, it was only natural that we stressed the fact to people where we're from, whether it was in a hotel lobby or in the back of a cab. While we explored the federal metropolis, our city instincts began to notice inherent differences between D.C. and N.Y.C. Streets, museums and general infrastructure aide, the urban cultures of both have striking characteristics that defines what it means to be from New York... and from D.C., we guess. 

And there's more than enough to scrap them all together into this blog post. Here's a few snippets from this tale of two cities:

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Big Apple's Unemployment Rate Hits 10% Again

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We hate the phrase 'double-dip,' especially when it becomes an unfortunate reality.

In September of 2009, as President Obama's stimulus package was beginning to leak into the economy, New York City's unemployment rate hit its peak of 10.1% and stayed there for six months. Since then, the job numbers for the city hovered around 9.7% - dipping this past April to 9.5% for the first time - even as the start-up craze and Brooklyn cultural explosion continued to consume New York's attention. 

But, this past May, it was evident that we were backing ourselves up into the same old corner of 2009, with figures pointing to a 9.7% unemployment rate. And June's number all but proved that the City might stil be in the economic shitter.

According to the Labor Department's reports this past week, it looks like New York is returning to the gloomy heights of yesteryear. Yes, five months before Election Day, a tenth of the metropolis's labor force, or 370,000 residents, is once again on the unemployment line at a rate that is 1.8 percent points higher than the national average. However, the numbers from the report paint an interesting dualism between stagnation and production.

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The Insane Immaturity of Albany's Gay Defamation Case

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With DOMA on the decline and gay marriage approval trickling into the national discussion, it seems that gay rights issues are popping up in states across the country. And the most recent one happened right in our own backyard. But this one is a bit different.

On Thursday, a court case called Yonaty v. Mincolla made its way up to the Albany court house and was dismissed. In it, two friends argued over a gay rumor that got taken a little too far and the courts decided that labeling someone "gay" or a "homosexual" is not defamation. The validity of the remark no longer matters, either.

Here's a quick definition of defamation so we know what we're talking about:

Defamation (n) - false or unjustified injury of the good reputation of another; as by slander or libel; calumny.

After Thursday, an accusation of homosexuality will no longer be approached with this criteria in the state of New York. And this goes against precedent: it took us a few decades to understand that calling someone "gay" is not an 'injury of the good reputation of another.' Good grief. 

But, the details of the case show us a deeply entrenched fear of the accusation; it's almost the plot line to a really shitty episode of Happy Days. Just try to follow this fact pattern:

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President Obama Coins New Twit-Term: "Twoosh"

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Twitter + Swoosh = Twoosh.

Have you ever really nailed a tweet? After typing your message, you know you used those 140 characters to the best of your ability? Then you just wait for the RTs to start pouring in (if you don't use Twitter, we apologize in advance for this entire post).


Well, the commander-in-chief has a new term for this split-second feeling of social media euphoria: a "twoosh." As he explains it, a "twoosh" is a "Twitter swoosh." Yeah, a "switter" definitely doesn't sound as pleasing to the ears.

Its equivalency on other sites: a highly like-able status on Facebook; a mayorship on Foursquare; a Tumblr post about Ryan Gosling; or, an Instagram picture that makes a Polaroid look like one of these.

And, after the first Q&A with a sitting Prez on the tweeter machine this past Thursday in Iowa, the President is claiming he is the "twoosh master" in his most recent video from the West Wing


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Relax, New York -- Your Kids Probably Aren't Getting Drunk On Hand Sanitizers


There's good news, New York: despite what the Internet wants you to believe, your kids probably aren't getting shitfaced off hand sanitizers.

We didn't say they're not getting shitfaced, just that they're doing it the old fashion way and aren't part of the current "trend" of teenagers using sanitation products to get drunk.

The national media has jumped on a story out of California about an alarming number of kids getting alcohol poisoning from ingesting hand sanitizers. Health officials in New York, however, tell the Voice that if kids using hand sanitizers to get drunk is a trend, it's not one that's found its way to the Empire State -- that they know of, anyway.


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In Documentaries, New York City Trumps Hollywood, Report Finds

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Take that, Hollywood!

In the battle for Oscars, New York City is beating Hollywood by a long shot -- at least in one category.

A study released today from the Center for an Urban Future, a New York City-based think tank, shows that half of the films nominated for an Oscar in the documentary-film category were made by New York City-based directors, and four out of the 10 nominated films were produced by New Yorkers.

This is not the first New-York-City-is-actually-better-than-Hollywood news we've heard this year. Last month, our jokester fashion-loving, Gaga-kissing mayor Mike Bloomberg chilled with the cast of Gossip Girl at a press conference declaring New York City the true film capital of the country.

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