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Too Close for Comfort: The Social Significance of New York City's Public Pools

This week, New York City temperatures are topping out in the mid-90s, and finding water to cool off can become a blood sport. While many urbanites spend time plotting how to scam their way into Soho House or better befriend those with Hamptons digs, the city's municipal pools may be fairly called the "unsung heroes" of the summer. Show More Summary

Istanbul Has a Breaking Bad Café and We Don’t

Pure sugar. Alas, Heisenberg superfans: Brooklyn was this close to getting Walter's Coffee Roastery, the world's first (although technically not all that official) Breaking Bad–themed coffee shop, but co-founder Deniz Kosan says an investor backed out and screwed New Yorkers out of blue-meth cupcakes. Show More Summary

NYPD Assaults 11-Year-Old in the Bronx -- On Video

Now that the City of New York has settled the Eric Garner case for almost $6 million, we owe a debt of thanks to Mayor Bill de Blasio and Comptroller Scott Stringer for taking responsibility for the racially-disparate police misconduct which has plagued our communities of color for so long. Show More Summary

Grand Prospect Hall Opens Outdoor Beer Garden

We've never had the pleasure of visiting the Grand Prospect Hall but after decades of their charming DIY commercials, it's as if we know it intimately. Now there's reason to go even if nuptials aren't on the docket, as they're opening a brand new beer garden tomorrow afternoon. Show More Summary

2,000 People Got Sick After Eating ‘Poisoned’ Candy in the Philippines

Better off, for once, just going for raw durian. Uh-oh: It appears kids' candies — possibly tainted on purpose — are behind the food poisoning of almost 2,000 people so far in the Philippines. Apparently, authorities figured out that...Show More Summary

Video: Brandy Sings On The Subway, Nobody Cares

Absolutely no one recognized Brandy when she sang a Whitney Houston cover on the 1 train recently. Granted, she was wearing sunglass and a hoodie, and it's been over a decade since "What About Us?" and Cinderella. [ more › ]

Why Won't De Blasio Imprison & Humiliate NYC's "Filthy, Toothless Vagrants"?

Who will punish the homeless? Who will sternly tell them to "get a job" so that they may feel didactic shame and use it to begin an exciting career? Who will point out how bad they smell so that they will stop ruining our fried chicken sandwiches that we earned with our important jobs? Mayor de Blasio won't do it, because he is stupid and weak. Show More Summary

Competitors Complain Budweiser’s Burger Contest With David Chang Was Rigged

The David Chang–approved winner. This weekend in St. Louis, Budweiser held that big "Bud and Burgers" contest — the national competition you probably saw advertised on TV or in your Twitter feed recently. Bud said the national winner would be judged by "you & David Chang," Chang of course being a seasoned cheap-beer enthusiast. Show More Summary

Photos: Mobb Deep, Common & More Rock The Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival

  The 11th annual Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival came to a close Saturday with a day-long concert featuring some of the biggest names in the genre's past alongside a smattering of rising local stars. With headliners including Common, Mobb...Show More Summary

Taylor Swift Shares Stage With US Women's Soccer Team At MetLife Stadium Concert

New York City's Global Welcome Ambassador and heartbroken soul whisperer Taylor Swift performed the first of her two sold out shows at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey last night, dazzling legions of lucky fans with renditions of "Blank Space" and "Bad Blood" (inexplicably not played - "Our Song"). Show More Summary

There’s Video of a Panera Manager Hitting a Female Employee

After some sort of workplace disagreement yesterday, a Panera manager punched one of his female employees in her ear at a Manhattan location. An observer filmed the incident, clearly the end result of a larger argument, and originally sent Gawker a YouTube link to the footage. Show More Summary

This Guy Turned a Tortilla Into a Record That Actually Plays Music

After seeing that funny video go viral of a tortilla fake-playing music on a record player, a Redditor decided to see if he could really turn a tortilla into a disc that plays music. He says it took half an hour to laser-etch the grooves on, and he had to experiment with various tortillas (pro tip: cooked ones aren't flat enough). Show More Summary

Deranged Juice Jackal Climbs Broadway Stage To Charge Cellphone From Fake Outlet

Like the majestic osprey spying a glimmer of trout in brackish water, New Yorkers have mutated into a species that can locate empty power outlets in the most hostile of environments. Whether it's an ATM vestibule or a glass-strewn underpass,...Show More Summary

Onward for All of Us: Thoughts on Independence Day

Are we humans the only species entitled to pursue happiness? Heady and triumphant. There aren't too many times when these words fit our circumstances. But last week, they certainly did. First, there was the astonishing grace of the nine families of the Charleston murder victims who forgave their killer, asking God to show mercy on him. Show More Summary

Recovering New York City's Black History

On Saturday, June 27, 2015, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio dedicated a marker on Wall and Water Streets near the site of an 18th century slave market. It was established by the city's Common Council and operated from 1711 until at least 1762. Show More Summary

Video: Stephen Colbert Hosts Local Public-Access Program (With Guest Eminem)

Stephen Colbert has come out of beard-induced hiding in recent weeks to start building up steam for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert by doing things like shaving his beard, announcing an announcement, and impersonating Justice Scalia. Show More Summary

Walmart Refused to Make a Confederate-Flag Cake, Happily Made an ISIS One Instead

Pretty good cake artistry, though! When Walmart told Chuck Netzhammer that he couldn't order a Confederate-flag cake because the company has put the kibosh on any merchandise with that image, the outraged Louisianan made a trick request for a cake with a different flag — the one belonging to ISIS. Show More Summary

Video: Seinfeld Apartment Accidentally Broken By Kramer-Wannabe

This week, Hulu unveiled a recreation of Jerry Seinfeld's apartment (modeled after season 8 of Seinfeld) to celebrate the show passing from network Earth and entering into the celestial realm of immortality (via streaming syndication). Show More Summary

There’s Finally Going to Be a ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Beer

Nothing really matters, except beer. Forty years after the release of their rollicking, genre-smashing hit song "Bohemian Rhapsody," English rock stars Queen are celebrating the song's anniversary with... a branded beer. Aptly, if blandly,...Show More Summary

The 3 Biggest Things I Wish I Didn't Stress Over in High School

High school: A place where you spend four vital years learning, making friends, and finding yourself. I went to Archbishop Molloy, a Marist high school in Queens, New York. I loved my high school, I made the best of friends that I'mShow More Summary

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