Escaped Bull Flees Slaughterhouse In Queens


This bull charging down Liberty Avenue in Jamaica Queens was escaping a local slaughterhouse, where it was slated to meet its end. It drew support and admiration for its daring escape from onlookers.


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Robert Darling Panhandles for a Wife

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They say beggars can't be choosers, but one man refuses to accept the age old wisdom. Robert Darling commutes to Manhattan from his New Jersey apartment twice a week to look for a bride, but he won't marry just anyone; his future wife has to be loaded. He dons a cardboard sign that reads, "Hi friends, I'm looking for a wealthy lady to be my wife."

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NYC Office Worker Gazes Out Window, Sees Porn [Mildly NSFW]

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Some time on Monday, a bored office worker in Midtown East gazed out of his window longingly, and instead of being met with a red brick wall or a homeless man urinating, he "witnessed the makings of a pornographic film." He told Curbed that he "hit the jackpot" in "a New York lottery of sorts." Unfortunately, this afternoon as we look out of our windows, we can see only drops of water rolling down the glass. We've got a couple of the the lucky man's NSFW iPhone photos after the jump.

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Real Estate Company Renames Midtown 'MiMa'

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New York City real estate agents have given us one more reason to despise them; they're trying to rebrand Midtown West as MiMa, which is short for "The Middle of Manhattan," because the word "Midtown" doesn't make that clear enough. This new name is the work of Related, the company that just built the MiMa luxury tower on 42nd Street. Judging from the map on its website, this "new" neighborhood encompasses everything west of 5th Avenue between 32nd and 58th streets, also known as Hell's Kitchen.

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Alex Benepe, Quidditch Commissioner, On the Upcoming Quidditch World Cup

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Alex Benepe is not a wizard, but the 25 year-old is nonetheless the first ever Commissioner of Quidditch and the founder of the International Quidditch Association. The Muggle version of Quidditch is an adaptation of the game played in the Harry Potter novels where players fly around on brooms. Obviously, Benepe's version doesn't involve flying, but it stays as true to the original game as possible without the aid of magic. Benepe is currently working on promoting the fifth annual Quidditch World Cup, which will be hosted on Randall's Island on November 12th and 13th. He took some time to speak with us about the game and the upcoming tournament. The interview is after the jump.

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Birthers Use Barack Obama's 50th Birthday to Beat Birth Certificate Horse, Again

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We want to wish President Barack Obama, who is a Leo, a happy 50th birthday. Of course, not everyone is happy to let the president have his day. The birthers over at Death By 1000 Papercuts insist on making this day about the question of Obama's birth certificate.

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Arrested Development Full-Length Film to Be Released Next Year?

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When Arrested Development went off the air in 2006, its devoted fan base was crushed, but in the finale of the third season, there was a glimmer of hope. In the final scene of the last episode, Maebe Fünke pitches Ron Howard a TV show about the Bluth Family, and he replies, "I don't see it as a series... maybe a movie." Since that teaser, there have been many announcements and many setbacks regarding the film. On July 11, during an episode of WTF with Marc Maron, Will Arnett, who played Gob Bluth in the series, claimed that the film was in the works and that it should be in theaters next year.

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Tony Avella, State Senator, Wants the City to Pick Up All Raccoons, Not Just the Scary Ones

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In Queens, raccoons are invading homes, and local lawmakers have had enough. State Senator Tony Avella of Queens proposed a bill on Monday that would change the way New York City handles raccoons. At present, the city will only pick up a raccoon if it is sick, dangerous, or hurt, and Avella's bill would change that so that the city will pick up a raccoon if a resident requests it.

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Soccer Fans Say NYPD Used Excessive Force After Uruguay Win

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After Uruguay defeated Paraguay in the finals of the Copa America on Sunday, ecstatic fans flooded the streets of Jackson Heights. Minutes later, dozens of police officers arrived at 37th Avenue and 84th Street and began pushing back the crowd. This led to scuffles between the soccer fans and the police. Residents felt that the police response was unjust; "I couldn't call 911. They were the same people abusing us," said Silvana Sislian, 46, manager of La Gran Uruguaya Bakery, to the Daily News.


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Charlie Todd of Improv Everywhere Tells Us About His Latest Experiment, Favorite Pranks, and Future Plans

On July 16, more than 3,500 New Yorkers converged on Battery Park City, iPods in hand, to take part in the 8th annual MP3 Experiment hosted by Improv Everywhere. Yesterday, we spoke with Improv Everywhere founder, Charlie Todd, about his group of pranksters and this latest experiment, which divided participants into two groups, assigned them white or black T-shirt colors, and had them meet at different locations and download different MP3 files. When the clock hit 8:30 p.m., everyone started their MP3s. The track lead the participants through a few warmups including a simultaneous jump, and then brought the two groups together at Nelson A. Rockefeller Park where they embraced and celebrated with flashlights, cameras, and techno music.More »
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