99 times out of 100 starting a story with "This year there is a Brooklyn-based alternative to" is an automatic adjuration to close tab, but just this once I'll let it slide.
"A murder suspect has been cleared after experts found that a supposed confession she made in a 999 call was mis-heard because of her strong regional accent."
What do Harriet the Spy and To Kill a Mockingbird have in common? The answer may surprise you.
"The area, between Fifth and Eighth avenues from 34th to 42nd streets, has disputed borders not unlike Chinatown, with both neighborhoods surrounded by pricier, cooler neighborhoods (the Garment District being the current runt in size and glamour compared [...]
"Warmer temperatures are causing malaria to spread to higher altitudes, a study suggests."
"The British use of understatement and satire is thought to originate from the Vikings, typically noted for raping and pillaging throughout history, when they brought trade from across the world to British shores."
UPDATE: The Rockaway Beach seal waved at us http://t.co/wcvMcIJLH8 pic.twitter.com/kzBGHJyCsG
— DNAinfo.com New York (@DNAinfo) March 6, 2014
Don't let anyone tell you that there isn't still a place for wonder in this world.
"For failing to broadcast sufficient levels of Canadian-made pornography — and failing to close-caption said pornography properly — a trio of Toronto-based erotica channels has earned a reprimand from the Canadian Radio-television & Telecommunications Commission." [Via]
"With spring just a few weeks away, Park Slope residents are wondering if discarded holiday trees littering their sidewalks will ever be picked up by city garbage collectors."
"Today, it was reported that HBO's 'Game of Thrones' will be promoted by a new mixtape called Catch the Throne. It includes a new track by Big Boi, above (via Nah Right), which opens with spoken samples from the show. Naturally, there's a lot of stuff about Khaleesi, then, amazingly, he goes, 'Fuck the Lannisters and everybody ride with 'em/ Jon Snow and the Night's Watch, finna slice some iron in 'em.'" —I definitely lost my "what it's going to be like in 2014" wager from ten years ago.
"New research discovers a nearly fivefold increase in risk for heart attack in the two hours following outbursts of anger."
"The electronic cigarette lounge on Bedford Avenue may soon be able to serve beer and wine after the local community board's State Liquor Authority committee unanimously approved its license application Monday night. Being able to serve beer and wine will let MoVapes offer 'vapers' — as e-cigarette smokers are sometimes known — a laidback place to use the nicotine devices, owner Dr. Sathish Modugu told the board. 'It’s not about alcohol, it’s about the hobby of vaping,' he said, reassuring locals that MoVapes would stop serving alcohol if it gets too rowdy."
"Ten years ago, when you told New Yorkers you were going to eat Japanese noodles, nearly everyone pictured soba. When you say it now, half your friends will ask which ramen-ya is your favorite and the other half will be in line in front of you."
"Play sets can echo a home's architectural features. In San Carlos, Calif., John and Megan Rodkin's backyard play set incorporates redwood slat fencing to match the existing fence surrounding the property. Local landscape designer Kristen Rudger added a gable on top of the playhouse as a visual tie with the Craftsman-style gable on the family residence. The entire play structure—including swings, rope ladder and playhouse—is set on a terrace one level up from a patio where the parents can relax while their three children, ages 5, 3 and 1, exhaust themselves. 'We expect six to eight years of use out of it,' says Ms. Rodkin, 36, a stay-at-home mom. When [...]
"A diet rich in meat, eggs, milk and cheese could be as harmful to health as smoking, according to a controversial study into the impact of protein consumption on longevity."
Do people still have media diets? If you do, here is a new thing on the Internet that you should add to your media diet. It is about the outdoors and the environment, but not in the preachy, annoying way which characterizes so much of that discussion and causes even the most ardent conservationist to dream of a world that has been entirely plowed under, paved over and fracked like there is no tomorrow. You won't find that here! Plus, they've got a very amateur logo, which means they are sincere in the best kind of way.
“I could easily have six today and be fine tomorrow morning,” is the argument in favor of Budweiser.