Tag Archives: NYC

Trans Fat Ban Takes Toll (Cookies)

NYC bakers, forced to stop using butter due to the city’s ban on trans fats, now use delicious palm oil and margarine in cookies and muffins. Mmm, mmm. Palm oil. Now that’s how you make a cookie. Everybody happy now? CORRECTION: Only some of the bakers are avoiding butter, in order to satisfy commercial customers such as Starbucks who want ...

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St. Patrick’s Gay

NYC’s second-in-command, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is flying to Ireland next week to march in Dublin’s St. Patrick’s Day parade, in protest of the continuing ban on gays from New York’s parade. The NYC parade is the world’s largest, with 150,000 marchers and millions of viewers. The parade’s organizers, the Catholic Church-run Ancient Order of Hibernians, successfully went to ...

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Ziploc

Wednesday, 10PM, E.63rd & 2nd AveI was on 2nd Avenue, walking home from dinner, when a young man came running down the sidewalk towards me. We didn’t collide, but when he tried to get around me, he slammed into a diner’s menu board, sending it flying. The guy kept running, like he was being chased. I watched him nearly wipe ...

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Steak:10, Looks:3

NY Times restaurant critic Frank Bruni appears to have come out in an amusing review of a steakhouse located in a West Side titty bar. The review begins, “It may be laughable when someone says he gets Penthouse magazine for the articles. It’s no joke when I say I went to the Penthouse Executive Club for the steaks.” The review ...

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NYC Subway Ranks 7th Worldwide

Over at the Gothamist, there’s an interesting discussion about a vacation travel site that ranks the top subway systems of the world. Mentioning attributes such as convenience, technology, efficiency, cleanliness, and architectural merit, London’s Underground wins the top spot out of 11 systems reviewed, with NYC coming in a lowly 7th. The mere fact that NYC’s subway is the only ...

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Brunch Stroll

After a nice brunch with Little David at the usual spot, Eddie, the Farmboyz and I ran across the 2007 Pillow-Fight NYC in Union Square, and paused to watch a few hundred mostly-NYU students beat each other over the head. Then we trekked a couple miles into the wilds of West Chelsea to Awakened, David LaChappelle’s new exhibit at Tony ...

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Welcome To NYC: Please Refrain From
Getting Down With Your Bad Self

Hot on the heels of yesterday’s news about the demise of NYC’s Roxy nightclub, comes word that the NY State Appellate Court has upheld the 80-year old “cabaret law” that bans dancing in bars and restaurants. The court’s ruling says, “Recreational dancing is not a form of expression protected by the federal or state constitutions.” In the 1960’s, NYC had ...

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Taxing Burden

New Yorkers won’t be surprised to hear that the combined city/state tax bite for residents is 47% higher than than the average tax bite for the 8 other cities in the country with a population of greater than 1 million. The combined taxes per $100 of gross taxable resources: 1. NYC – $9.022. Philadelphia – $7.163. Los Angeles – $6.884. ...

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Roxy To Close March 10th

New York City’s legendary Roxy closes forever on March 10th, shortly before the building is set to be demolished. Originally a truck warehouse, then a roller-skating rink, Roxy has a been a staple of Manhattan nightlife for over 25 years and has hosted virtually ever pop star important to the gay community: Madonna, Cher, Bette Midler, etc. Roxy began its ...

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You Are Here (Not)

Last night we happened to catch a cab outfitted with the new seat-back TV screens. The right side runs video ads for Broadway shows and other touristy destinations, while the left side contains a GPS map showing the cab’s location. You can also scroll the NYC Zagat guide. I suppose the location marker could be handy, except that our map ...

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Man In Drag Blasts Condom Giveaway

According to Cardinal Edward Egan, Archbishop of New York, the city’s massive condom giveaway is “tragic and misguided” and “the only way to protect against sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV and AIDS is through abstinence before marriage and fidelity among married couples.” In a joint statement with Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, Egan goes on to say: “Our political leaders ...

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Sunset From The Rock

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Tourista!

Apologies for the light blogging the last few days. My ex is visiting for a week and I’ve been in complete NYC tourist immersion. Last night we hit The Drowsy Chaperone and dinner at the revolving restaurant at the top of Times Square. Next stop: foam Statue Of Liberty crowns!

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Call Shleppers!

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Morning View – Christopher Street Station

Don’t be fooled by the gleaming tile, this station isn’t nearly as clean as this picture might indicate. Still, I’m in the tiny minority of New Yorkers who think that the subway stations and trains are aren’t that horribly dirty, considering that millions and millions of passengers travel through every day and that they never close. This is the 1 ...

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NYC Begins Branded Condom Giveaway

Hmm, the earlier story indicated that there’d be a condom for each subway line. There goes the collectible market. The condoms are available free at many of the busiest subway stations around the city. UPDATE: Washington, DC is doing a city-branded condom too. I’d make some limp joke about the DC fucking the entire country, but it’s probably already on ...

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