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UPDATED: Celebrities accused of cultural appropriation

America is known as the melting pot — a place where cultures, religions and nationalities can fuse, trading customs and traditions and creating something all its own. That sharing gave us American treasures like football, hot dogs and apple pie. But borrowing from other cultures isn’t...

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 12:24pm

Best parks and gardens to see NYC in full springtime bloom

No need to wait for April’s showers — there are plenty of blooms coming up to welcome spring. Here are the best places to see truly impressive flower displays around the city. April 1 is the official kickoff to cherry blossom season, but some of the sweet-smelling trees in...

Monday, March 12, 2018 - 11:11am

What's new in Coney Island for 2016

So much for the first day of spring. Last weekend’s random snow flurries canceled Coney Island’s planned opening ceremonies, but they’re making another go of it this Saturday, April 2. Among the festivities will be the annual Blessing of the Rides at Deno’s Wonder Wheel...

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 6:43pm

10 sexiest Prince lyrics that'll rev your little red Corvette

Prince departed this thing called life on Thursday, but he sure had a lot of fun during the 57 years he could indulge in the garden of earthly delights. (Sex. We mean sex.) Did any musician love women as much as Prince? His small frame was constantly brimming over with sexual energy,...

Sunday, March 4, 2018 - 6:36pm

Food pairings with Guinness, the beer of St. Patrick's Day

When it comes to actual St. Patrick’s Day traditions, Aaron Ridgeway is going to have to stop you at the color green. “There’s a bit of debate about it now,” says Ridgeway, who works at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin. “The color green is said to not be the original...

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 2:08pm

Andrew WK preaches the 'healing joy' of partying

Stop trying to fit partying into your schedule. Stop dividing your life into categories. The party is already happening, all around you. Known for songs that overwhelmingly feature the word “party,” Andrew W.K. gets philosophical when asked to define it. “The pressure is that...

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 1:23pm

E.L. James on ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’: ‘It’s all about fantasies’

As part of Metro's annual sex issue, we explore today's hottest trends both locally and nationally. For more of this year's theme — kink — check our 2012 sex poll and an interview with a New York City dominatrix. Writer Erika Leonard, better known as E.L. James, is a...

Friday, February 9, 2018 - 2:38pm

Crossword puzzle answers: January 30, 2017

ACROSS1 Muscle complaint 5 Fracas 10 Was very thrifty 14 Plant in a swamp 15 Storrs coll. 16 Prefix for dynamic 17 Heavy-rain phenom (2 wds.) 19 LP speeds 20 Part of CST 21 -- -- woodchuck would ... 22 Athens rival 24 U.K. native 25 Kimono accessory 26 Ill humor 29 Good buddies 33 Lobster...

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 1:09pm

Stop eating lunch at your desk

 Don't all of these empty tables look sad? You should go outside for lunch. Credit: Wikimedia Commons What are you doing for lunch today? If you are like most workers, you'll be eating at your desk - which isn't much of a break from your day at all. Studies have shown that...

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 11:47am

How does Jack die on ‘This Is Us?’

UPDATE: Death by Crockpot So how does Jack die on "This Is Us"? Well, if you tuned in this week, you would have been ugly crying extra hard after finding out more details surrounding Jack’s death: he was killed by a Crockpot. One minute you’re watching the Superbowl,...

Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 11:04am

Why Semilla is NYC's best new restaurant

There’s a lot of iconic food in New York City; we’re used to ambitious decor, meat as both entree and garnish, and traditional dishes done right. But as the clean-eating trend shifts, restaurants have gone in the opposite direction: smaller, veggie-focused and innovative. And it...

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 8:20pm

Why swearing is a sign of intelligence

People who curse more tend to have expanded vocabularies, according to a language study. “Speakers who use taboo words understand their general expressive content as well as nuanced distinctions,” psychologists Kristin Jay and Timothy Jay wrote in the Language Sciences journal....

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 11:39am

Fuku and the chicken sandwich that ate New York City

There’s an admirable democracy to New York City’s food scene. We wait months for the privilege of paying over $400 (per person) for dinner in the same city that spawned the fast-casual revolution. Just look at anytime Shake Shack offers a one-off burger. This time, however, the cows...

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - 1:43pm

Are New York City schools closed (February 9, 2017)?

All New York City schools have been closed due to expected heavy snowfall and treacherous travelling conditions. "Due to expected significant snowfall all @NYCSchools will be CLOSED tomorrow, Feb 9," Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted. Earlier, meteorologists forecast up to 12 inches of...

Wednesday, January 3, 2018 - 4:21pm

8 facts about the 8 days of Hanukkah

Is it us or does Hanukkah seem to get overshadowed by the hubbub surrounding Christmas? Since this year’s eight-day celebration begins on Dec. 12, we’re here with eight facts you might not know about the Festival of Lights. The holiday concludes on Dec. 20. 1. It is not “...

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 4:47pm

Pastrami Pilsner is like drinking the Jewish deli sandwich

It’s a special Chanukah for Shmaltz Brewing Company, which is celebrating 20 years of making Jewish-themed, certified kosher beers this winter. A special occasion deserves a special beer, but… distilling a pastrami sandwich into a pilsner? "Pastrami Pils just kind of manifested...

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 9:24pm

SantaCon 2015 will not be the rager of years past

Whether it’s an annual tradition or a rite of passage for you, SantaCon is almost here again. This Saturday at 10 a.m., the festive mob will begin their journey at McCarren Park’s Aphalt Football Fields 1 and 2. From Greenpoint, the day-long march of Santas, elves and (more...

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 8:15pm

The best and worst fall foods

With fall, all kinds of yummy seasonal foods become available to us. While most are delicious, some are healthier than other— just think, oven-roasted butternut squash versus apple cider donuts. But it's not always that obvious. To help sort out the good from the bad, as well as make...

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 11:23am

Your guide to working out in the winter

Staying motivated to exercise regularly is hard enough; once winter strikes and the temperature drops, many of us eschew the idea of going for a run or a bike ride, instead opting to camp out under a blanket on the couch.  But much of that feeling of intimidation can be chalked up to...

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 11:19am

Two NYC spots are turning into Bob's Burgers for Halloween

Halloween costumes are great, but what if an entire restaurant got in character? Greenpoint's Alameda on Franklin Street is turning into Bob's Burgers from the Fox cartoon about a family-run burger joint, switching up its usual dishes of elevated American fare for an exclusively...

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 12:02pm