Sleep No More Remixed: Version 2.0, April Fool's Joke, Or Phishing Scam?

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Prior to receiving the above "telegram" today, we've been to the McKittirck Hotel twice to engage with Punchdrunk's Sleep No More.

Now, it seems the production is about to undergo a radical change.

Or engage in an April Fool's Day prank against would be returning customers.

Or maybe, as the click through site tells you to return in two days to purchase tickets, it's simply a phishing scam to get your credit card data.

Either way, it's an intriguing mystery.

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The Q Train Loves You and Wants You to Be Happy

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The Q train would like to remind you that love is possible, and that it will happen to you, even you! This hopeful memo seen en route from Union Square to Brooklyn this Saturday may be the loveliest thing anyone has ever said to us -- via Post It note, on public transportation, anyway.

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East Village Super Held Time Warner Cable Hostage For 24 Hours

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A very different hostage situation.
EV Grieve had a bizarre story yesterday about a crooked super in the East Village who's been holding a cable box hostage. And not just any cable box, but a node that controls the cable and internet for multiple buildings in the East Village. The super was allegedly not allowing Time Warner to get to the basement of his building and service the box because he wanted free cable, leaving an area of the EV without cable or Internet for 24 hours.

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Alessio Rastani: Real Trader, Prankster, or Both?

The guy in that BBC interview says he's one Alessio Rastani and that he's a trader. The clip has been making the Internet rounds today mostly because of Rastani's bonkers quotes, i.e. "The governments don't rule the world, Goldman Sachs rules the world." He's either the most honest trader in the world or a hoax. Rastani and BBC are insisting he's legit, and stunt group the Yes Men, who were thought to be behind this, sent us this statement saying they're not involved:

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The Mystery Of George Costanza's New Hair

The sleuths at TMZ have spotted an important sea change on Jason Alexander's head: the famously bald former Seinfeld star has sprouted new hair. "Jason Alexander: The Magical Hair Growth," says TMZ. Behold, the new George:

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This is a post about nothing. Alexander tweeted about the new hair in July:

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Mystery Teenager Wanders Out of German Forest, Doesn't Speak German

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Interpol is investigating the peculiar story of a 17-year-old boy who walked into Berlin's city hall and said he had been living in a forest outside of the city for five years. He told investigators that he lived in the woods with his father who died two weeks before the boy arrived in Berlin. Despite living in a German forest, the Independent reports the boy speaks fluent English and only knows a few German words.

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Broken Subway Door Chimes: A Mini-Investigation


A YouTube poster recently uploaded this video, remarking on the "new weird door chime sound" he heard and recorded while riding on one of the 7 Train's R62A cars. It prompted our curiosity. Was this a new, weird, but sort of pleasant, door chime sound from the MTA?


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Steve Duncan, Urban Explorer, on the Secrets Underneath the Cities

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Earlier this month we posted a video of Steve Duncan exploring the abandoned Bowery subway station at Spring Street between Bowery and Elizabeth. Because we're generally fascinated by the mystery of what's beyond the face of New York City that we see everyday, we got in touch with him to find out more about how he got started "going underground," what he's seen, and why he can't help being drawn in by urban environments -- whether he's in New York, Los Angeles, or climbing to the top of Notre Dame.

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Art Gallery Poop Mystery Reeks of Intrigue

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There's a mystery on the Bowery, and like all good whodunits it involves money, power, and feces hurtling through the air. The Post reports that the Sperone Westwater Gallery is involved in a property-line dispute with Charles Saulson, their neighbor. Mr. Saulson told the paper that the gallery, which opened last September, is "4.8 inches on my property," and that "there's a leak in the basement." The gallery says that Mr. Saulson threw a piece of poop on their terrace. Let's investigate, shall we?

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Ryan Gosling Astor Place Crime-Fighting Mystery Solved!

In a hilarious turn of events, journalism website OMGICU has located the woman who took the video of Ryan Gosling busting crimes on the streets of New York City, or someone who very much resembles Ryan Gosling, and interviewed her! In fact, it was Ryan Gosling, in so much as this woman, Valerie, is to be believed, and we'll largely believe her, because we would like this story to be true. Of interest: She did not even know who Ryan Gosling was, until it was pointed out by her wife that this was the fellow from The Notebook. Watch her interview here! (She comes on at 2:45.)


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