Visit to marble cemeteries in East Village gives a glimpse into past
There are two marble cemeteries in the East Village, the New York Marble and the New York City Marble. They have nothing to do with each other, but they’re both very old and almost always locked to the public, except for a few weekends each year.
All aboard the Floating Library at Hudson Pier
Until October 3, aboard the Lilac Steamship docked at the Hudson’s Pier 25, you will find the Floating Library. The creators call it “a space for critical cultural production by pushing boundaries under the open skies that are conducive to fearless dreaming.”
Characters abound at Donohue's Steak House on Lexington Avenue
Donohue’s Steak House still decorates its dining room with high, dark booths and red tablecloths, crackled paintings of tumultuous seas on wood-paneled walls, and a chalkboard loaded with specials from the Eisenhower era: Broiled Boston Scrod, Yankee Pot Roast, Meatloaf.
Leo's Laticinni, an eatery built on respect — and good food
This is my introduction to Irene DeBenedittis of Leo’s Laticcini, also known as Mama’s of Corona. Irene makes the mozzarella and her sister Marie does the cooking—turkey with gravy, roast pork, manicotti, you name it. “I don’t use recipes,” says Marie. “I just go on instinct.”
Tapping into the pulse of the New York City at Smalls Jazz Club
On a recent summer night I wandered past Smalls jazz club on West 10th Street in the Village. The Maine coon cat reclining on the doorstep caught my attention, and the chalkboard announcement of “Tap Jam” held it. The cat is called Minnow and the Tap Jam is not to be missed.
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Cicret bracelet turns your arm into a touchscreen display
A French developer has created a wristband prototype that projects your smartphone touchscreen on your arm. 25-year-old Guillaume Pommier’s Cicret device uses eight proximity sensors that sends information on your finger movement to the processor in your bracelet. So, your smartphone can be controlled in extreme conditions, even underwater. “Not only your arm, but any surface...
Why are there NFL games on Saturday this year?
The year 2013 was a depressing one. After all, it was the first year in eons that Week 16 didn't feature NFL football on the Saturday before Christmas. NFL games on the Saturday before Christmas is a sneaky holiday for many NFL fans, with a longstanding tradition of fans letting their significant others go out with the kids and finish the holiday shopping while said fans stay...
Darrelle Revis returns to MetLife to face Jets, this time with Patriots
It's just another game for Darrelle Revis this Sunday as the now-Patriots cornerback returns to face the Jets in the Meadowlands, the place where he played his first six years in the league. Sunday will represent Revis' third time playing the Jets since he was traded in 2013, but this one perhaps carries a bit more significance for the player and the organization. Last...
The future for the two daughters of Bradley Stone remains uncertain
Authorities say it's unclear whose care Bradley Stone's two now-orphaned daughters of will be entrusted. "All of the people they would have called to help navigate things like the funeral arrangements are dead," said Kevin Steele, Montgomery County First Assistant District Attorney. "But I know they are currently with family members." Steele would not comment on whose side of...
Sony cancels theatrical release of 'The Interview'
Sony Pictures said on Wednesday it canceled the Dec. 25 theatrical release of its North Korea comedy "The Interview," after major U.S. theater chains pulled out of showing the film following threats from hackers. "In light of the decision by the majority of our exhibitors not to show the film 'The Interview', we have decided not to move forward with the planned December 25...
United States and Cuba set to restore ties after 50 years of hostility
The United States will restore diplomatic relations it severed with Cuba more than 50 years ago, a major policy shift ending decades of hostile ties with the communist-ruled island, President Barack Obama said on Wednesday. Announcing the end of what he called a "rigid" policy of isolation of Cuba that had been ineffective, Obama said the United States would move toward normal...
Artist Amit Shimoni creates 'Hipstory' by turning historical figures into hipsters
A designer has imagined what history’s famous political leaders would look like if they became hipsters. In his portrait series “Hipstory”, Amit Shimoni, from Israel, outfitted such luminar- ies as Winston Churchill, Nelson Mandela, and Abraham Lincoln with the clothes and hairstyles of today’s youth. What sparked your hipstermeets-history series? I was trying to create new...
Kale me when it's over: Food and diet trends of 2014
What we eat took on major significance in 2014 as food’s role in health and environmental sustainability hit the headlines. We digested the year’s trends with NYU food studies associate professor Lisa Sasson. Kale sells out We ate ourselves into not one but two shortages this year, and kale is primed to stay hot. “I think we’re gonna see more uses for kale — people are gonna...
NYPD facial recognition tech may nab bridge assailants
The NYPD will use facial recognition technology to identify seven suspects and nine witnesses in Saturday’s assault on two police lieutenants on the Brooklyn Bridge captured on video, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said Tuesday. A YouTube video shows part of the confrontation. "We are certainly looking to match these photos up with others that we might have in our...
VIDEO: Daddy and daughter have the best dance battle ever
Sometimes, the only way to settle anything is by having a dance-off. YouTube user Sharidon Johnson was taking care of some chores around the house while listening to classic hip-hop when all of a sudden he finds himself participating in one of the best dance battles we've seen. Watch Sharon and his daughter battle-it-out to A Tribe Called Quest's "Electric Relaxation." ...
Obama signs $1.1 trillion government spending bill
President Barack Obama on Tuesday signed a $1.1 trillion spending bill passed by Congress last week that lifted the threat of a government shutdown. The legislation funds most government agencies through September 2015. The Department of Homeland Security will be treated differently, getting a funding extension only through Feb. 27, by which time Republicans will control both...
EU court says Hamas should be removed from terror list
The Palestinian Islamist group Hamas should be removed from the European Union's terrorist list, an EU court ruled on Wednesday, saying the decision to include it was based on media reports not considered analysis. However, in its ruling, the bloc's second highest tribunal said member states could maintain their freeze on Hamas's assets for three months to give time for...
After Pakistan school massacre, watch for the gloves to come off
The massacre of more than 130 Pakistani school children by Taliban gunmen was a chilling reminder of Hillary Clinton's warning to Islamabad in 2011 that "you can't keep snakes in your backyard and expect them only to bite your neighbors". Now, as Pakistan reels in horror at the bloodshed in a military-run high school in Peshawar city on Tuesday, pressure will mount on...
The timeline of the 'Rings': A history of Middle-earth on film
Peter Jackson's "The Lord of the Rings" and "Hobbit" trilogies are the first proper film versions of J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth works. But they weren't the first. Many have tried to tackle Tolkien's alterna-world; many have failed. But even the failures have interesting elements — and the first one might even be the most pleasing to the eye.
Review: 'The Interview,' for whatever it's worth, is really funny
‘The Interview’ Directors: Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg Stars: James Franco, Seth Rogen Rating: R 4 (out of 5) Globes Yes, there have been terrorist threats over a Seth Rogen movie with a Guinness-level number of anus jokes. “The Interview” — a very filthy comedy about the attempted assassination of North Korean despot Kim Jong-Un — has had its release canceled for fears of...
Video: YouTube stars tell people to stop eating so much
Remember that North Carolina newscaster who makes viral videos on the side? (His "Christmas Jammies" video got over 15 million hits last year.) Well, the Holderness Family is back with anorther viral video, this time about the inevidable overeating that happens during the holidays. You know how it goes. Every year, you tell yourself, this time I'm going to resist. But then...
Joey Fatone spoils Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel's baby news
There's at least one member of *NSYNC who might be dropped from Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel's Christmas card list, as Joey Fatone went and announced the couple's pregnancy before they could. "He told me a while ago, and I kept my mouth shut, but I can talk about it now," Fatone tells InTouch. I'm just guessing here, Joey, but I'm pretty sure when Justin said you can...
Top 10 Philadelphia sports stories of 2014
It wasn't a particularly proud year for Philly sports fans. Amid off-field controversies and lackluster performances on the fields, there were still a handful of bright spots for tortured fans in the City of Brotherly Love. A year after four new coaches took the reigns of Philadelphia's major sports franchises, more stability and perhaps bright futures gleam on the horizon...
Is the Eagles' 2014 draft class a bust?
The Eagles’ decision to draft linebacker Marcus Smith in the first round of this year’s NFL draft was a questionable move the night it happened. Philly moved back from No. 22 to No. 26 (via a trade with Cleveland that would net them Johnny Manziel) and selected the raw talent from Louisville. Now it’s many months later, and the 26th overall pick has yet to record an NFL...
Are the Flyers too slow to win in the Eastern Conference?
The Philadelphia Flyers have a speed problem – as in a lack thereof. The deficiency, especially on defense, is by no means a secret but it is magnified whenever they battle a team with superior quickness. Take for example Tuesday’s 3-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Overloaded with skaters that can fly up and down and across the ice, the Bolts created prime scoring...
Maille Mustard Boutique's sommelier classes up our condiment game
A new Upper West Side boutique has something you’ve never seen on tap. Maille, which has been making France’s gold standard for Dijon mustard for 265 years, just opened its first store outside of Europe at 185 Columbus Ave. The Maille Mustard Boutique has more than 20 varieties, including five of them on tap – and mustard sommelier Pierette Huttner on hand to guide your...
End the cycle of bad first dates
Laurel House knows how difficult it is to talk about being unlucky in love. But that hasn’t stopped the dating coach and television host from often talking about her own romantic missteps. “In my coaching, I often use myself as an example,” House says. “I understand what you are going through ... I’ve probably been there myself.” One mistake House says she sees many singles...
Don't neglect your pup at the holidays — get one of these fun gifts
You’ve braved the shopping malls in search of gifts for family and friends, but that doesn’t mean Fido should get squat this holiday season. Whether you’re obsessed with your own dog, or just looking for a cute gift for a devoted pet owner, we’ve got the lowdown on the best holiday gifts for your furry friends. For the canine food connoisseur, try an all natural ginger-bread...
Magazine offers video proof of Britney Spears' abs authenticity
Britney Spears' new Woman's Health magazine cover was met nearly immediately by speculation that she'd benefited from a bit of digital enhancement from the Photoshop department. So the magazine put out a video from behind the scenes of the shoot, hoping to put such talk to rest.
Must-have winter beauty trends
Winter officially kicks off this weekend. Translation: New beauty trends are upon us. Here to give you the rundown of what’s trending this season is beauty blogger Angela Peters of Hairspray & Highheels. Read on for some of winter’s hottest looks in hair, makeup and nails. Hair: Polished looks and bizarre coloring It looks like the tousled, messy hair of summer is officially...
New app uses Instagram to get dogs adopted
When it comes to animals versus people on Instagram, animals definitely win. Everyone knows the surest way to rack up the double clicks is to pose with a pet. Now a new app is using cute photos of dogs to help get pooches who still need a home adopted. Dogly has a wide range of editing tools, encouraging people to get creative when posting photos of their dog. And posting pays...
Holiday cards that fight hunger
If you're still hunting for the perfect holiday card to send your loved ones, Food Bank NYC not only has some festive choices, they also help fight hunger. The non-profit is selling the cards at foodbanknyc.org for $3 each, which will be delivered within three and five days. Digital cards to send via email are also available. All the money goes directly to Food Bank for New...
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This Week in Health: Red wine may stave off cancer
Red wine may stave off cancer Location of study: U.S. Results: More research is touting the benefits of red wine. Researchers from the University of Colorado Cancer Center now say that a specific compound present in the skin of the grape (called resveratrol) actually targets and destroys cancer-causing cells that have DNA damage. “It’s killing off the cells that have that...
Why winter is the best time to start doing yoga
Between the shopping, cooking, visiting, parties, bad weather and traveling, who’s got the time or energy to exercise? Except that all those reasons you have for not exercising are exactly the reasons why you should. The catch-22 is that it’s precisely during the holiday season when you’re doing more that you fall out of the good habits that keep you healthy. One of those...
Go local with holiday shopping at Magpie, Brookline Booksmith and G20 salon
If you’ve exhausted all the big stores in the area, but still haven’t found quite the right gift for everyone on your list, it might be time to go a bit more local. We got in touch with a few local spots to ask them what they’re recommending for shoppers this year. Magpie , in Davis Square, stocks gifts from independent designers, while the folks at Brookline Booksmith...
Stressed? Head to Half Moon Resort in Montego Bay
Are you or your loved ones people who have trouble relaxing? Is it because you’ve never been to Half Moon in Montego Bay, Jamaica? It might be. Sure, when you first get there after a few hours cooped up in an airplane, you might still be feeling a little tense. But then they’ll offer you a glass of fresh juice (alcoholic if you prefer). Next you’ll head to your room, which...
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Bean tweet by LeBron to Kobe was pathetic
Basketball is at its best when there is tension between star players. That’s why it’s so sad to see the route Kobe Bryant has taken in his old age. Bryant was once the lord of basketball beefs, highlighted by his never-ending feud with Shaquille O’Neal. But this month, we’ve seen Kobe and the superstars around him go terribly soft. Bryant began his month of holiday cheer by...
Don’t tread water to have a Seven Fishes dinner
Are all your presents wrapped and lights on your tree? It's hard to get everything done in time to actually enjoy Christmas. There is one chore you can leave to the pros: dinner. Letting someone else do the cooking won’t land you on the naughty list. Fresco by Scotto For many Italians Christmas Eve means the Feast of Seven Fishes, a celebration in anticipation of the birth of...
POLL: NYC 'Interview' premiere scrapped. Will you still go see it?
Someone is taking the threats against Sony and its release of "The Interview" seriously, apparently, as the New York premiere of the Seth Rogen and James Franco comedy has been canceled following threats from hackers of a "9/11-style attack" if the film is released. "We recommend you to keep yourself distant from the places at that time," the hacker group Guardians of Peace...
The best tech gadgets of 2014
And that was 2014… From phones to drones, Metro rounds up the best consumer gizmos and gadgetry available for purchase in the last 12 months DJI Phantom Vision+ Camera Drone 2014 was the year drone-mounted cameras really took off, with the DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ quadcopter leading the way. Equipped with a 3-axis gimbal-stabilized camera, the device takes dramatic video and...