Brink Year

Which cascading threat are you afraid of, personally, as the end of the year crests the horizon? Cascading disease? In a worst-case hypothetical scenario, should the outbreak continue with recent trends, the case burden could gain an additional 77,181 to 277,124 cases by the end of 2014.

Cascading militancy? Turkey’s failure thus far to help choke off the oil trade symbolizes the magnitude of the challenges facing the administration both in assembling a coalition to counter the Sunni militant group and in starving its lifeblood. ISIS’ access to cash is critical to its ability to recruit members, meet its growing payroll of fighters, expand its reach and operate [...]


NY Mag's Ten Best Placenta Recipes (Plus Slideshow!)

"For a growing number of new mothers, there’s no better nutritional snack after childbirth than the fruit of their own labor." —Here we go again. Servicey! I guess!


NYC Gets Gay Country-Western Bar Called "Flaming Saddles"

Wow. WARNING: this website for this new gay bar HAS AUDIO AUTOPLAY, but here it is: Flaming Saddles. Mmm hmm. This is what job creation looks like! The press release is remarkable.


Outlawing New York's Imagined Neighborhoods

Hero New York Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries is "writing legislation" (translation: getting attention for a project that will never become a law) that would somehow "punish real estate agents for inventing neighborhood names and for falsely stretching their boundaries." (It would also require city approval for the naming of neighborhoods, which, no way, no how, no thank you.) And yes, while it's most amusing that the alleged law would forbid making up silly new neighborhoods, it would be nice if something could prevent the realtor-based spread of Williamsburg into Brownsville. Who else is to blame for all of this? Curbed. They're monsters like this! Also New York mag, [...]


It's Cute That New York is Slowly Catching Up with Wisconsin

When I moved from Wisconsin to the Lower East Side in January, I quickly discovered my deep Midwest roots were very uncool. After a few smirks and condescending remarks about how I must be feeling “culture shock” in the big city, I learned not to broadcast the fact that I was raised and educated in, as our license plates proudly proclaim, America’s Dairyland.

It wasn’t always easy. When my date at Max Fish ordered a can of PBR, I didn’t tell him that my grandpa and his VFW friends considered it treason to drink anything that hadn’t been bottled in Milwaukee. When my neighbor wore a Green Bay Packer jersey [...]