<![CDATA[NBC New York - Archive]]>Copyright 2017https://www.nbcnewyork.com/the-scene/archives http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/4NY_Horizontal.jpg NBC New York https://www.nbcnewyork.comen-usSat, 16 Dec 2017 19:30:31 -0500Sat, 16 Dec 2017 19:30:31 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in Photos]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2009 18:47:43 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/160*120/112609macys01.jpg From the balloons to the performances, check out some of the highlights from the 83rd annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

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<![CDATA[All Signs Point to APW]]> Tue, 04 Aug 2009 16:18:01 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/160*120/APW08.jpg

This weekend, Jersey haters will have to kick rocks as the 2009 All Points West Music and Arts Festival descends upon Liberty State Park.

The name All Points West pays homage to the droves of 19th century immigrants buoyed by New World dreams and newly shortened surnames who boarded trains at the Central Railroad Station to settle throughout the U.S. Fast forward a century later and the park is home to one of the biggest music festivals on the east coast with over 50 acts reveling in the shadow of Lady Liberty. Last year’s event headlined by artists such as Radiohead and Jack Johnson drew over 70,000 people.

Organized by the same company that mounts California’s Coachella Music and Arts Festival, this year’s line-up includes marquee names such as touchy-feely rockers Coldplay, metal heads Tool, and Brooklyn dance-punk stalwarts Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

The Beastie Boys were originally scheduled to headline the first day of the weekend-long festival but were sidelined by Adam “MCA” Yauch’s cancerous tumor which forced the group to cancel all of their upcoming shows. But the festival turned up a suitably hysteria-inducing replacement in Jay-Z who will make his U.S. festival debut after rocking shindigs like the UK’s Glastonbury Festival and Denmark’s Roskilde Festival in 2008.

Last year’s inaugural festival featured a healthy dose of folk-rock and world music artists such as Amadou and Miriam, Spearhead, and Forro in the Dark in addition to high-energy dance outfits such as Girl Talk and CSS. This year, the earthy vibe has been dialed down in favor of a broader range of both emerging and established artists.

Canadian DJs and producers MSTRKFT, proggy pop-rock duo MGMT, and synth-addicts Crystal Castles will rep on the dance tip. Lackadaisical rappers The Pharcyde, throwback hipster hoppers The Cool Kids, and former A Tribe Called Quest frontman Q-Tip will hold it down for hip hop. St. Vincent, Lykke Li, and Neko Case will ensure awesomeness for those who love quirky singer-songwriter broads. Comics like Janeane Garofalo and Michael Showalter have also been secured to bring the yuks. 

Looking to bypass the growing pains of the event’s first year, festival organizers promise a larger space, shaded areas, and some truly poppin’ beer gardens. In addition, ticket holders can zip over to the festival grounds for free on the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Line while ferry riders will enjoy a reduced fare. Plus, patrons can rage for a cause since a portion of the festival’s proceeds will benefit “Friends of Liberty State Park,” an organization dedicated to keeping the area a free, green urban space.

So, put down the Haterade -- at least for one weekend.

"Mawuse Ziegbe is a freelance writer living, working, and looking for trouble in New York City. You can check out her music musings at www.giantstep.net/theresident"

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<![CDATA[SoBe Shoe Heads Land at Air Traffic Control]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2009 16:30:23 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/160*120/sneakers_448x336.jpg If you have a fetish for expensive sneakers, the Air Traffic Control on South Beach is your pleasure dome. The sneaker consignment store has the best in collectable sneakers, from Air Jordans to Air Force Ones and every other "Air" in between. But don't forget to bring your wallet with your addiction because the prices are enough to shock you sober.]]> <![CDATA[Drink Up! Thrillist Party in the Hamptons]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2009 21:19:13 -0500 MoshPix: Party-goers had a blast drinking cocktails by the pool and celebrating the launch of Thrillist Hamptons at Day & Night in Southampton. ]]> MoshPix: Party-goers had a blast drinking cocktails by the pool and celebrating the launch of Thrillist Hamptons at Day & Night in Southampton. ]]> https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/231*120/DSC_0876.jpg MoshPix: Party-goers had a blast drinking cocktails by the pool and celebrating the launch of Thrillist Hamptons at Day & Night in Southampton over the weekend.

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<![CDATA[Celebrities in the Surf]]> Sun, 06 Sep 2009 11:02:21 -0500 90210 star AnnaLynne McCord and her sister Angel McCord appear at the Wet Republic pool at the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino in Las Vegas.]]> 90210 star AnnaLynne McCord and her sister Angel McCord appear at the Wet Republic pool at the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino in Las Vegas.]]> https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/160*120/090409+Surf+AnnaLynne+McCord+Angel+McCord.jpg Check out the goods (and not so goods) these celebs have when they are stripped down to their swimsuits.

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<![CDATA[Take the Perfect Photo of Your Pet]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2009 22:47:23 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/212*120/boston+terrier+grass.jpg Any pet owner can tell you that taking a great photo of your furry friend can be tricky. But there are some simple techniques that can help you get a perfect pet portrait.

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<![CDATA[Close Friend of Farrah's to Publish Diaries]]> Mon, 13 Jul 2009 17:28:01 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/174*120/040509Farrah20.jpg

Alana Stewart, a close friend of Farrah Fawcett, today signed a deal with the publisher William Morrow to release her book, entitled "My Journey With Farrah."

In the book, Stewart shares her personal diaries of her last three years by Farrah's side. Fawcett lost her battle with cancer on June 25th.

According to Stewart, the book has the support of Ryan O'Neal, Fawcett's longtime boyfriend. Stewart also says Farrah encouraged her to write the book.

A portion of the proceeds from the book will go to the Farrah Fawcett Foundation to support cancer research, the publisher said.

Stewart also worked on the NBC documentary, "Farrah's Story," as a videographer and producer.  

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<![CDATA[Dear Bernie: Getting a Message to Madoff]]> Mon, 13 Jul 2009 10:13:25 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/203*120/842796861.jpg

Those looking to vent their anger about Wall Street greed, take heart.  There is now a decent outlet.

MadoffMail.com is collecting material from the public that it will mail to Bernie Madoff in jail in the form of a "Care Package" every six months. The site errs more on the side of humor than righteous indignation but fear not -- there will be plenty of the latter.

A selection of materials -- notes along with art and other images -- that appear on the site and will be shown at a gallery in New York later this year.

Some users have published haikus, entries from their Twitter pages and unflattering doctored photos that include Madoff's head imposed on others' bodies. One submission from "Patrick J." is an image of a clock with rotating numbers ticking down the number of days Madoff has in jail.

"Only... 54,735 days to go," it reads. 

A precursory look at the submissions turns up the expected "don't drop the soap" references and rampant vitriol, but there are some surprisingly measured tones, such as this message which came via Twitter: "I suppose hating on a villain with a face is more cathartic than a villainous system."

And, yes, he cost people and institutions many millions of dollars, but he's got nothing to do with the economic collapse in any direct way. But then again, he does make a nice symbol, and as an emblem, well, he had really good timing. So, mail away. The guy's certainly got the time to read.

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<![CDATA[Scoring Shakespeare Tickets No Walk in the Park]]> Mon, 13 Jul 2009 05:31:46 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/188*120/3052209709-in-this-theater-publicity-image-released-by-the-public-theater.jpg

If you venture into Central Park late at night and make your way to the the Delacorte Theatre, the open-air home of Shakespeare in the Park, you will see an alarming number of campers. People with dirt-stained faces and canteens and Marmot sleeping bags built for extreme conditions. These aren't vagrants or hobos -- they are the frontline of scalping operations.

New ticket resale laws were enacted by then-governer Eliot Spitzer in 2007, who told New York Newsday: “Our ticket resale laws have needed reform for many years. This is the only market in which the government does not regulate the primary market, the initial price of a product, but then imposes limits on the secondary market, the resale price of the product. This law makes sense because it eliminates resale price controls and lets the free market determine prices.”

But letting the market determine that only the wealthy can enjoy free Shakespeare undermines every fundamental virtue behind the program. There is no telling how widespread the problem is, but there are any number of offers on Craigslist, with the resale price coyly cloaked as a fee for "waiting services" and the like. But this is sort of like a prostitute claiming she is charging for the condoms.

Resale of Shakespeare in the Park tickets though, is wisely prohibited by the Public's Theater terms of use. This means that while reselling the tickets is not illegal, a sold ticket is technically invalid, though there is currently no system in place to enforce this. So as it stands now, if you've got a couple of hundred dollars to blow, you can still enjoy Anne Hathaway's final performance in "Twelfth Night."

The resellers get awfully cute, too:

I am NOT selling tickets to Shakespeare in the Park......The tickets are free! What you are purchasing are the services of my wife and I aquiring YOUR tickets. We were able to get tickets today and will be enjoying the show....however, as struggling college students, we have decided to do it all over again. We will wait in line from midnight until we have your tickets in hand. The breakdown is this:
Wait time - 13.3 hours @ $9/hr = $119.70
Metro fare - $2.25
Slurpie and Pretzel - $3.05
TOTAL = $125.00
X-2 tickets
Grand Total = $250.00
Seeing Anne Hathaway in Central Park on the final weekend = Priceless
Please email me with your phone number if interested and we can discuss delivery...etc

No matter what semantic games the resellers play, they are scalping tickets. By taking up spaces in line to obtain tickets that they intend to sell they're denying others the chance to see the show for free as intended. There are people waiting in line behind them who are turned away because of their mercenary actions. At least we have the cold comfort that after all those pretzels and slurpees the scalpers will be left overweight, out of shape and with fat ankles. 

Photo Credit: Courtesy Public Theater]]>
<![CDATA[Throw a Bangin’ New Year's Eve Bash (on a Budget)]]> Mon, 20 Jul 2009 13:04:45 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/times+square+night.jpg

It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of throwing a New Year’s Eve party. But it’s also easy to spend way more money than necessary on decorations, foods and drinks.

Fear not, party fiends. You can still pull off the best bash of the year on a budget. Julie Mulligan, lifestyle expert from 1-800-Flowers, tells you how.

Here are three great ways to bring in 2009 with a bang and keep your wallet intact. 

1) CREATE. You can make some imaginative party accents with things you already have around the house – items that look expensive to the eye but are practical to the wallet. So how about a New Year’s Eve Wish Tree?

Take simple objects, such as a silver vase, ice bucket or champagne bottle and add silver spray-painted tree branches. Guests can write down their wishes for the New Year on a tag and hang it from the tree. At midnight everyone can read the wishes.

2) TRANSFORM. Remember that holiday evergreen wreath you hung on your door for Christmas? Well, turn it into a New Year’s Eve wreath! Use silver ribbon, clip art and simple sparkle embellishments to make it snazzy. It’s the perfect addition to any New Year’s Eve party ambiance. 

3) DESIGN IT YOURSELF. Anyone can make totally awesome centerpieces with things lying around your house. 1-800-FLOWERS.com sells funky centerpieces featuring martini glasses and flowers, but why buy a “Happy Hour Bouquet” when you can make it yourself?

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<![CDATA["Huge, Huge, Huge" May Box Office Predicted]]> Sun, 12 Jul 2009 11:08:11 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/160*120/wp_wolverine_448x336.jpg Industry experts predict big audiences in May as the summer blockbuster season kicks off.]]> <![CDATA["Harry Potter" Stars Come Out for NY Premiere]]> Fri, 10 Jul 2009 14:01:25 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/219*120/88958639_10-lead.jpg The Hogwarts crew was out in force at the Ziegfeld Theatre last night...

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<![CDATA[Pay $200 to Make Out With a Sea Lion]]> Fri, 10 Jul 2009 05:51:38 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/207*120/sealionkiss1.jpg

Have you ever dreamed of getting a kiss from a sea lion?  Well, now is your chance.  The Wildlife Conservation Society's New York Aquarium has started a new program that will take you behind the scenes of the Aquatheatre.  You can help out in the kitchen, learn how they train the sea lions, and, ultimately, get a sea lion kiss.  The session lasts over an hour.  You will learn more about the sea mammal, get the chance to thaw and cut fish for the sea lions to eat.  You will even learn some techniques you can use with your own pets.

At the end, you will have 20 minutes for a meet-and-greet with one of the Aquarium's sea lions.  This will be your chance to pet the animal, get your kiss, and have your picture taken.  The Sea Lion Encounters cost $200.  The money goes to support the New York Aquarium, one of the latest victims of New York City budget cuts.

If you're squeamish, you probably won't even want to get close to these adorable sea mammals.  But, if you do, the Aquarium will supply you with gloves, hand sanitizer, and even a disinfection mat for shoes.

So, pucker up, get your sloppy kiss.  And, S-M-I-L-E!

New York Aquarium

Sea Lion Encounter

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<![CDATA[New York City Mourns Michael Jackson]]> Tue, 07 Jul 2009 18:16:27 -0500 MoshPix: As the nation mourned the death of Michael Jackson, fans of the King of Pop found ways to grieve his passing and celebrate his life all around New York City. Take a look at these photos.]]> MoshPix: As the nation mourned the death of Michael Jackson, fans of the King of Pop found ways to grieve his passing and celebrate his life all around New York City. Take a look at these photos.]]> https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/219*120/New+York+Mourns+MJ+HMV.jpg MoshPix: From a special Michael Jackson tribute edition of Amateur Night at the Apollo Theater to spontaneous gatherings in the street, New Yorkers loved MJ. And they weren't afraid to show it.

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<![CDATA[Last Ovations in NYC for Michael Jackson]]> Tue, 07 Jul 2009 08:57:14 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/175*120/070609jacksonreax01.jpg

This week there will be a few ways to honor the legendary Michael Jackson around New York City.

Millions of viewers will tune in to watch Michael Jackson’s official tribute at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, set for 1 p.m. EDT. You can watch the event live here at NBCNewYork.com

You can watch the event at two local theaters -- the Chelsea Clearview Cinemas and the Pavillion in Park Slope.

If you want to continue to honor the legend through the night, head out  Wednesday to the BAD Bash Michael Jackson Tribute Party at Whiskey River at 575 2nd Ave. Guests are encouraged to pull out their white gloves and moonwalking shoes and dress up MJ attire for free beer. The best costume wins a $100 bar tab. There will also be dance-off for the best thriller performance. No cover.

 What better way to end the Michael Jackson festival than a King of Pop Pub Crawl at The Village Pourhouse, 64 Third Avenue at 11th Street. From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.? There will be drink specials all day and the best of MJ blasting from the speakers. The night will close with every Michael in the house doing thriller. Attire: MJ.
Visit the  Hoyt-Schermerhorn subway station to reminisce on Jackson’s 1987 music video, ‘Bad.’  At the Harlem State Office Building on 125th and Adam Clayton Powell Blvd., screens will be set up outside for people to watch the tribute.

<![CDATA[Jindal Should Beat Kenneth the Page to the Punchline]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2009 16:07:16 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/206*120/022709+Jack+McBrayer+Bobby+Jindal.jpg

Paging Bobby Jindal. Paging Bobby Jindal: Report to Saturday Night Live immediately.

"Bobby Jindal is Kenneth the Page" is a line that could dog the Louisiana Governor, and potential Republican presidential candidate, for years. His widely panned performance delivering the GOP response to President Obama's speech Tuesday night was just that devastating -- and that unintentionally hysterical.

So he should get on SNL and tackle the doppleganger head on.

Jindal's problem began as soon as he began his Republican rejoinder to Obama’s speech to joint chambers of congress. The governor walked awkwardly into the frame and began speaking in a nasally voice reminiscent of “30 Rock’s” comic foil--- Jindal’s rhetoric even mirrored that of the Pollyannaish Kenneth. But it didn’t end there.
Jack McBrayer, the actor who plays Kenneth, recorded his own video response for “Late Night” with Jimmy Fallon, analyzing the resemblance.
The comic comparison has received so much traction that a Facebook group, aptly named Bobby Jindal is Kenneth the Page is closing in on 15,000 members. The group’s stated goal is to rival the 30,000 supporters who have pledged allegiance to Jindal on his own Web page.
The phenomenon has been chronicled by The Washington Post, The Huffington Post (a few times), The Keith Olbermann show and 538.com among others, and has the feel of lasting meme.
The Facebook group reports that there is already a behind-the-scenes push to have Kenneth appear on SNL as Jindal, ala Tina Fey as Sarah Palin.
So Jindal should follow in the footsteps of Palin, a fellow 2012 GOP presidential hopeful, and go on SNL and get in on the joke so folks will be laughing with him -- not at him.


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<![CDATA[Back to the Good Old Days at Coney Island]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2009 22:57:53 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/160*120/coneyislandnew_448x336.jpg Coney Island was one of the original seaside getaways for New Yorkers -- but things have changed over the years.]]> <![CDATA[Friday Field Trip: New York Aquarium]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2009 03:14:20 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/219*120/otterwide.jpg Sea otters, sandsharks and playful penguins will highlight your next trip to the New York Aquarium, the nation's oldest, out at Coney Island.]]> <![CDATA[Macy's Fireworks to Light Up New York Sky]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2009 11:10:05 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/219*120/macysfireworks.jpg

New Yorkers have an open invitation to celebrate Independence Day along the Hudson River with what is billed as the nation's largest fireworks show tonight.

But you'd better claim your spot long before the first shell is shot into the evening sky at about 9:20 p.m. If you have any New Jersey friends with views, this would be the weekend to pay them a visit. Just don't show up empty-handed.

In honor of the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson's historic voyage up the river separating Manhattan from Jersey -- weren't you just talking about that the other day? -- Macy's has themed this year's pyrotechnic extravaganza "American River."

More than 40,000 shells will fire from six barges lined end-to-end in the Hudson, spanning 24th street to 50th street. The 33rd annual event is expected to be the longest continuous show in the event's history.

Tonight's Macy's-sponsored show is moving back to the Hudson River, instead of the East River, for the first time since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The move provides prime vantage points for Manhattan's West Side and parts of New Jersey, but some East Side business owners aren't happy.

Organizers say this year's show uses bigger shells that fly higher -- as high as 1,000 feet -- so more people can see the colorful display. It involves more than 22 tons of fireworks, launched from six barges spread over 25 city blocks. The display is set to start at 9:20 p.m.

Also on the docket for Saturday night:

+ At 7:20 p.m., two FDNY Marine fire boats will put on a spectacular water show.

+ At 8 p.m., jets from the Air National Guard's 104th Fighter Wing will impress the hundreds of thousands below with a special flyover in tribute to the holiday.

To witness all the pageantry, spectators on the Manhattan side can get situated along 11th Avenue. The views get better the farther below 59th Street you go. The best seats in the house are at Pier 54 at 14th Street and Pier 84 at 44th Street, but beware -- access is limited.

And if you're dead-set on the Manhattan backdrop, Jersey City, Hoboken, Weehawken and North Bergen are your best bets in New Jersey.

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<![CDATA[Tony Awards a Hair-Raising, Head-Banging Good Time]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2009 10:40:08 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/160*120/tonys_448x336.jpg "Billy Elliot" and "God of Carnage" were the big winners during an eventful Tony Awards presentation.]]> <![CDATA[Take a Tour of The High Line]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2009 10:40:06 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/160*120/highline_448x336.jpg An abandoned elevated train line has been transformed into the city's newest park on Manhattan's West Side called The High Line.]]> <![CDATA[Dance Group Paints the Town Fun at Union Square]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2009 10:37:42 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/160*120/unionsquaredancerssquare_448x336.jpg One minute, things were typically hectic at Union Square Thursday morning, and the next, a dance group whipped off their pedestrian clothes and surprised onlookers with a choreographed routine to the sweet sounds of Earth, Wind & Fire.]]> <![CDATA["NYC Prep:" Life of the Teen Elite]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2009 22:58:16 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/219*120/062409nycprep002.jpg Take an inside look at Bravo's new reality series, "NYC Prep." The show follows six affluent city kids as they move through the challenges of life uptown.

Photo Credit: � Bravo]]>
<![CDATA[Fire It Up for the Macy's Extravaganza]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2009 18:26:32 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/270*120/fireworkers.jpg

This Fourth of July, it will be the Hudson River's time to shine.

The annual Macy’s fireworks show is moving to the Hudson River from the East River; authorities are shutting down part of the roadway so as many spectators as possible can squeeze in.

The last time the show took place on the Hudson was in 2000, but this year is a cause for extra celebration because it's the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s voyage up the river.

Spectators can get situated for the big show at the six-lane highway below 59th Street, with riverfront views along 11th Avenue, starting from 24th all the way to 57th.

The best seats in the house are at Pier 54 at 14th Street and Pier 84 at 44th Street, but be aware -- access is limited.

Fireworks are not the only thing skyrocketing this weekend.

Usually business is slow this time of year, but the show’s upgrade has given tourists another reason to visit.

“Our bookings are already up 30 percent from that same week last year,” Jeanette Dye, director of sales for New York Guest, a company that creates tourism packages for hotels, told the New York Post.

Hotels as the Wyndham Times Square and Comfort Inn Javitz are already completely booked.

Trendy spots with breathtaking views such as High Line lounge on 49th Street are auctioning off sofas and cabanas for $2,000.

“We’re expecting a very busy weekend,” Elon Ketchington, COO of Gansevoort Hotel Group, said. Their rooms are in the mid-$400 to $500 ranges.  

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<![CDATA[230 Fifth Rocks the Thursday Happy Hour]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2009 16:15:21 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/219*120/230fifthwide.jpg The pretty people and the pretty view -- not to mention the perfectly poured cocktails -- might add up to what 230 Fifth hopes will be a Golden Local victory.

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<![CDATA[Once Again, It's Chestnut, Kobayashi and Everyone Else]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2009 15:44:17 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/219*120/chestwide.jpg

Coney kings hot-dogged it for the cameras yesterday, mustering tough-guy poses and stare downs at the weigh-in for Saturday's traditional July 4th hot-dog eating contest.

American Joey Chestnut has won the last two events, supplanting previous six-time champ and Japanese legend Takeru Kobayashi, cooking up a rivalry not unlike that of Nadal-Federer.

The weigh-in was more photo op than anything else; it's hard to imagine one of tomorrow's 20 contestants being too light or too heavy to try to wolf down 60-some dogs in 12 minutes.

Chestnut's two wins have both been dramatic. His 66-dog total in 2007 was a record for the 93-year event, and last year, he beat Kobayashi in the first-ever overtime eatoff.

"I've been training pretty hard the last six weeks getting ready for this contest," Chestnut said. "I feel good."

Chestnut, the hulking Californian, checked in at 218 pounds yesterday, while Kobayashi, hardly an imposing figure, is a dainty 132 pounds. Kobayashi often brings a trick or two to Coney Island. One year it was yellow hair, another it was ripped abs under a T-shirt he was more than happy to lift for at least a dozen photographers.

"I'm going to be able to battle well this year," he said through an interpreter.

Even Mayor Bloomberg got involved in yesterday's spectacle. He called the competitive eaters "the most dedicated athletes in the world," according to The New York Daily News.

"July 4 isn't a holiday for these men," the mayor told the paper. "It's going to be a day of reckoning."

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<![CDATA[Sarah Jessica Parker Moving to Brooklyn?!]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2009 11:08:01 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/212*120/063009+sjp+broderick+twins+p1.jpg

We’ve been over this: Nouveau Brooklyn hearts its celebrities (Steve Buscemi! The Gyllengaards!), because after all, anyone who’d choose to live in Park Slope over the West Village makes the 718ers feel good about ditching the 212 for spotty train service and nonexistent 24-hour chow (but more closet space!).

So “news” via the Post (at Curbed) that Sarah Jessica Parker and clan may be the buyers of the former Jennifer Connelly/Paul Bettany mansion on Prospect Park West (it recently sold for close to $9 million) is big. Very big. If Carrie Bradshaw leaves Manhattan, does it signal the end of a certain kind of fabulosity? More importantly, will she join the Park Slope Co-op like Entourage's Adrian Grenier?

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<![CDATA[Little People Have Big Plans For NYC Convention]]> Wed, 01 Jul 2009 14:30:43 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/219*120/littlepeople1.jpg

The Little People of America has planned a rather large shindig for its first-ever New York convention Saturday.

About 3,000 members, along with their families, are expected to attend.

The Marriott in downtown Brooklyn is the go-to place for hospitality for the week-long event. Adjustments to the hotel have been made to make the guests more comfortable. Hotel reps raised the stools at the bar, installed a lower check-in desk, placed the soap closer to the edges of bathroom sinks and even lowered the heights of the beds and ironing boards.

“Every group has its needs; the LPA is no different,” hotel spokesman Gary Marmer told The Daily News.

The activities throughout the week will include relationship and parenting workshops, medical clinics, tours, a special Dwarf Athletic Association of America sporting event on Randall’s Island and a gala banquet to punctuate the event. Members will get sightseeing tours and have been given tickets to see the "Lion King" and Blue Man Group.

Neighbors of the association are accommodating the little people as well. Just two blocks from the hotel, they can get a New York hair cut at Jack’s Barber Shop, where the manager has adjustable stools and a 6-inch cushion.

The little people will range in height from 2 feet to 4-foot-10, and will represent 18 countries.

“It’s going to be quite a sight," event spokesman Clinton Brown, a little person himself, told The Daily News. "It’s going to be unique, but I think it will do wonders for little people."

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<![CDATA[Robin Thicke Remembers MJ]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2009 22:58:11 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/255*120/robin+thicke.jpg Singer and songwriter Robin Thicke talks about how the death of Michael Jackson has affected him personally and the influence the pop icon has had on his career.

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<![CDATA["Nutty Professor" Coming to Broadway]]> Wed, 01 Jul 2009 13:17:41 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/219*120/nutty.jpg

As tepid re-dos of proven Broadway fare get the hook (et tu, "Guys & Dolls"?), producers continue to scramble through the pop culture annals for something – anything – that they could maybe-possibly-why not turn into something someone would pay $90 to see set to music. (And ideally, buy the t-shirt afterward.)

So the "Nutty Professor" is an obvious choice, right? Jerry Lewis’ 1963 story of a nerdy, cross-eyed, bucktoothed scientist who turns into a handsome Lothario screams “dance sequence.” And! If you factor in the Eddie Murphy 1996 remake (and its inevitable sequel), you know that means just one thing: Fat suits. Dancing in fat suits.

But wait, there’s more! Says Playbill, the show will by directed by Jerry Lewis (perfect choice, save for the fact that he’s never directed theatrically), with music composed by schmaltz-meisters Rupert Holmes and Marvin Hamlisch. It'll be just like "A Chorus Line," but with buck teeth. Or fat suits. Got your credit card ready yet? Better book seats before the French hear about a Jerry Lewis musical. Vite!

Photo Credit: Jerry Lewis Enterprises/Paramount Pictures]]>
<![CDATA[On Broadway: Playing Now, Coming Soon]]> Thu, 06 May 2010 14:18:13 -0500 The Broadhurst Theatre now through May 9, 2010.]]> The Broadhurst Theatre now through May 9, 2010.]]> https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/229*120/enronplay.jpg The curtain is coming down on "Shrek the Musical," but there is still plenty happening on the Great White Way.

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<![CDATA[Mariah's a Man, Baby!]]> Tue, 30 Jun 2009 13:28:42 -0500 MoshPix: Mariah Carey all dressed in drag as she films her "Obsessed" music video at the Plaza Hotel in NYC on June 29. ]]> MoshPix: Mariah Carey all dressed in drag as she films her "Obsessed" music video at the Plaza Hotel in NYC on June 29. ]]> https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/219*120/063009Mariah002.jpg Check out the photos of Mariah Carey dressed in drag as she films her "Obsessed" music video at the Plaza Hotel.

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<![CDATA[Steve Harvey's NYC Loves]]> Wed, 21 Sep 2011 18:34:40 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/219*120/063009SteveHarvey001.jpg Steve Harvey loves to hang out at Central Park, feast on the sashimi at Megu and splurge on menswear at Stefano Ricci, but he can tell you about his favorite fixtures better than we can...he is a comedian, after all.

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<![CDATA[Beyonce Kicks Off World Tour]]> Mon, 29 Jun 2009 12:49:58 -0500 MoshPix: Beyonce kicked off the American leg of her tour in New York Sunday night at Madison Square Garden. The former Destiny's Child singer not only took part in some aerodynamics and wild costumes but also welcomed husband Jay Z onstage for a performance of "Crazy in Love" to bring the house down. Take a look through these hot photos from Sunday's concert. ]]> MoshPix: Beyonce kicked off the American leg of her tour in New York Sunday night at Madison Square Garden. The former Destiny's Child singer not only took part in some aerodynamics and wild costumes but also welcomed husband Jay Z onstage for a performance of "Crazy in Love" to bring the house down. Take a look through these hot photos from Sunday's concert. ]]> https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/216*120/beyonce83471736.jpg MoshPix: Fans felt the heat at Beyonce's sizzling performance at the Garden. See for yourself.

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<![CDATA[Take It to the Summer Streets -- Again]]> Mon, 29 Jun 2009 12:08:55 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/229*120/062909summerstreets.jpg

Manhattanites will take it to the "Summer Streets" once again this summer.  And Brooklyn may get in on the action too.

Congestion pricing may have died an ugly death in the state Assembly, but that hasn't stopped Mayor Bloomberg from doing all he can to reduce vehicle traffic in Manhattan.  For the second summer in a row, the city will close a nearly 7-mile stretch of Manhattan roadways so that New Yorkers can do yoga, learn kickboxing, ride bikes, do cartwheels and exercise without fear of being run over by a runaway taxi.

Starting at the Brooklyn Bridge, the closed roads with include Centre Street, Lafayette Street, Fourth and Park avenues and East 72nd Street until Central Park East. About 50,000 people took advantage of the traffic-free environment last year, but Bloomberg said he hopes even more will enjoy it this year now that new events are planned throughout the city.

"This year, we’ve expanded the Summer Streets program to bring the fun to all five boroughs," Bloomberg said at a news conference today. "And we’ve put together a comprehensive list of more than 1,500 free summer events and activities throughout the City, so families can still enjoy what New York City has to offer during these difficult economic times."

The program will take effect on the three summer Saturdays -- Aug 8th, 15th and 22nd -- from 7 am to 1 pm.  Summer Streets will also be expanding to Willy B as plans for a similarly alliterative event "Williamsburg Walks" are under way.

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<![CDATA[NYC Gay Pride Parade 2009]]> Mon, 29 Jun 2009 08:50:10 -0500 MoshPix: Donned in colorful hats and clothes and waving rainbow flags, New Yorkers flocked to the streets to show their gay pride on the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Inn riots – a defining moment in the gay rights movement.]]> MoshPix: Donned in colorful hats and clothes and waving rainbow flags, New Yorkers flocked to the streets to show their gay pride on the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Inn riots – a defining moment in the gay rights movement.]]> https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/219*120/062809gaypride001.jpg MoshPix:Bedecked in colorful hats and clothes and waving rainbow flags, New Yorkers flocked to the streets to show their gay pride on the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Inn riots – a defining moment in the gay rights movement.

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<![CDATA[Golf, Bushwick Style]]> Fri, 26 Jun 2009 14:15:40 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/228*120/putting-lot-bushwick.jpg

Everyone’s familiar with the site of abandoned buildings or half-completed construction projects around the city.  But in Bushwick, a group of eco-minded residents had a new vision for an empty lot.

Meet the Putting Lot on Wykoff Street.  Formerly a vacant, garbage covered lot, it is now a minature golf course.
The volunteer-run course was designed by Brooklyn artists using only recycled materials.

The designer of the course explained her vision.

"When the recession started, there were a lot of construction projects that just stopped in Bushwick,"  Gabriel Fries-Briggs, 23, told the Daily News.

The duo and 20 volunteers worked ten hours a day for four straight days to clear the lot, the News reported.
The Putting Lot will remain open Wednesdays through Sundays until Sept. 6. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for kids.

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<![CDATA[The Cyclone Turns 82!]]> Fri, 26 Jun 2009 10:15:54 -0500 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/219*120/cyclone1111.jpg

Astroland may be gone, but the Coney Island Cyclone just keeps screeching along (it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on this day in 1991), celebrating its 82nd birthday today.

It was originally built for less than $175,000 (or about $2.2 million in 2009 dollars), a fortune in 1927. The wooden coaster's first riders paid just a quarter for the thrill of zooming through the air over the beach. Rides now cost $8, but as part of today’s birthday celebration, the first 100 riders in line when the gates open at noon won’t pay a sheckel. Even better, “Cranky DJ” Michael W. Haar will be on hand (literally) playing pop and dance music from the early 1900s on genuine antique hand-cranked victrolas and phonographs. Beat that, iPod! All that, and you get to hang with Miss Cyclone herself, Angie Pontani of the retro-fabulous Pontani Sisters burlesque troupe.

Cyclone 82nd Birthday Celebration
Friday June 26; 11am-1pm
The Cyclone, off Surf Avenue on the Coney Island Boardwalk, Brooklyn
More information on the event at coneyislandfunguide.com. You can also learn more about the Cyclone itself at the Coney Island History Project.

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