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In two short minutes this video personifies the term ďfirst world problemsĒ. As much as Iíd like to judge, Iím from a first world and I ainít trying to get stuck with a rat on a train! I say that mostly because rats have diseases and stuff, not because Iím scared or anything.
Two years ago, Anthony Weiner resigned amidst one of the most preposterous scandals in the history of politics. After repeatedly denying he sent shirtless pictures of himself in his underwear to no less than six women while his wife was pregnant, the Congressman finally owned up to his mistakes and resigned from the House of Representatives.
Draw the blinds! There may be someone peeping in at you and using a telephoto lens to snap photos of you for artistic purposes. Ok, probably not, but the residents of a New York City Tribeca neighborhood luxury apartment building did find themselves to be the unknowing subjects of Arne Svenson's art, which ended up on the walls of the Julie Saul Gallery and on full display, where visitors of the Chelsea establishment could view or purchase the photos.
There are quite a few unwritten rules in New York City, some more obvious than others. For example, stopping at the top or bottom of a stairway or standing in a doorway is irritating behavior the world over, but doing it in New York, where the population tends to be a bit denser and the people seem to be a bit busier, is grounds for trampling, either intentionally or otherwise. The same applies to watching where you're going. It's an obvious bit of etiquette and it's certainly applicable to New York City pedestrians.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art received two Cambodian Khmer statues as donations between 1987 and 1992. The statues were valuable 10-Century artifacts that have had a special place within the walls of the Met, located at the front of the Southeast Asian Gallery since 1994. While the items have been a key part of the collection for years, they will be removed and shipped back to Cambodia because of some intriguing pieces of information that have come to light.
With a baby on the way and a wedding likely to follow whenever Kris Humphries stops dragging his heels, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West decided a few months ago to put down roots and build a house together in Bel-Air. The fourteen thousand square foot mansion should give the family plenty of space to throw get-togethers and house any future additions to the family, but if sources close to the couple are to be believed, the property wonít be the only one they purchase.
It takes an awful lot to surprise a New Yorker. From weird smells to weird encounters with weird people, New Yorkers are used to the oddities of life, but none of those experiences prepared photographer/ filmmaker Anthony Sherin for a piano in the middle of the sidewalk outside his Washington Heights apartment in Manhattan.
Earlier this year, New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg decided to legislate with only fat people in mind and proposed a ban on all sugary drinks bigger than sixteen ounces. The measure was quickly approved by the Board of Health and not surprisingly, has drawn backlash from those involved in the beverage industry and both fat and skinny people who like to get hopped up on Mountain Dew.
Staten Islandís new Tackling Youth Substance Abuse program might be well-intentioned, but it got decidedly mean-spirited yesterday after Borough President James Molinaro took the stage at the kickoff event. The eighty-one-year-old was expected to outline the goals of the campaign and perhaps even talk about his own sonís saddening drug overdose in 2006. He accomplished those tasks but also took a left hand turn to shockingly accuse Lady Gaga of corrupting children and being a slut.
Over the past decade and a half, David Blaine has almost killed himself during a variety of outlandish stunts. From burying himself alive to being encased in blocks of ice, heís pushed his body to the extreme for our entertainment, his love of magic and the promise of a big paycheck. In two weeks, heíll do the same again, and in the process, he could very well die.
New Yorkers arenít often thought of as among the more easily offended, but apparently, when it comes to the city they share, wild overreactions are good politics. New York State Senator Malcolm Smith has announced heís holding a press conference this evening to condemn Lil Wayne for saying he doesnít like New York. Yup. You did not read that sentence incorrectly.
On Monday, weather permitting, the builders of the 1 World Trade Center the beams for the 100 floor, increasing the height of the building to 1,271 feet and making it the largest building in New York City. If you want to be a math snob, it will be exactly 21 feet taller than the Empire State Building.