Thursday, May 1st, 2014
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Who Looks Out For The Bodega Rides?

If you’ve ever wondered about the inanimate creatures that stand guard outside bodegas, the company responsible is The Vending Company Inc., New York’s Official Sentry of Coin Operated Kiddie Rides.

"We’re very much dependent on nice weather, and so every time it’s a rainy day, you don’t see a smile on my face,” Mark Goldberg, the manager, said. “Obviously when it’s rainy and it’s extremely cold and snowy, we don’t do any business. We sit around and play cards."

Operating half the year isn’t the only struggle for the 30-year-old business. “People don’t even understand. It’s extremely difficult. Moving and picking up, and stores closing [...]

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An Inconvenience In Queens

Dozens called foul in Flushing, Queens on Saturday, unable to cross Main Street due to a parade of nearly 1,000 Falun Gong practitioners protesting persecution in China.

Police refused to allow onlookers to cut across the rally, saying only they might be held for up to 45 minutes.

“I had to be somewhere at 12:30,” cried one lady.

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This Is Catsploitation

Taibi Mastelbowers, an artist, babysitter and retail worker, was one of many waiting in line this morning for the opening of North America's first pop-up cat café, a month-long marketing event for Purina One cat food. Mastelbowers who has two cats, Neferkitti and Inkling, said she's not allowed to bring any more home. "I love cats. I love to hang out with cats. I've already had a coffee today, but I always need kitty cuddle time."

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Books Are Good

As far as fake holidays generated by committees of well-meaning bureaucrats go, World Book and Copyright Day is nice enough.

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Earth Day In The Metropolis

Adults, kids and corporations alike gather at Union Square to celebrate Earth Day in the only way that remains: with free stuff.

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Easter In New York City

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Pesach In Williamsburg

Sundown Monday marked the beginning of Passover, the festival that celebrates the liberation of the Jewish people from the Egyptian Pharaohs 3300 years ago, give or take. The story of Exodus tells of the 10th and final plague—the death of the first-born, cast down upon the Egyptians for failing to heed God’s command to free the Children of Israel. To avoid the scourge, the Israelites were instructed by Moses to mark their doors with the blood of a slaughtered lamb as code: "Pass over" this home.

A 73-year-old white supremacist killed three people over the weekend in a targeted attack on Jewish community centers in Kansas City. The [...]

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The Lone Protester At The Pulitzer Announcement

Cliff Kincaid, President of America's Survival Inc., outside the Columbia School of Journalism following the announcement of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize winners. Kincaid peppered outgoing Pulitzer administrator Sig Gissler during the question period over the awarding of The Guardian and The Washington Post in the Public Service category, for their revelation of widespread secret surveillance by the National Security Agency involving leaked documents by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. "It was really sad. It was a disgraceful day for journalism," said Kincaid.

Pulitzer Prize Administrator Sig Gissler answering questions following the announcement of the 2014 winners. Concluding a barrage of questions regarding the awarding of The Guardian and [...]

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