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The Subway as its Own Platform

Written by Becca Tucker on . Posted in Posts

"This is 110th Street. Next stop is 116th. Don’t forget to vote, if you haven’t already," a subway announcer told a full northbound 1 train at 7:30 last night. After a decisive pause—that he’d probably been practicing all day—he added: "Barack Obama." Some perfunctory research and crude estimating reveals that he was addressing around 210 people, [&hellip
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Like Herpes, Mean Posts Saying You Have Herpes Never Go Away

Written by Becca Tucker on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Two Yale Law School students are suing for defamation, after posters using pseudonyms on AutoAdmit.com, "the most prestigious college discussion board in the world," said the two women had Herpes, were — gasp — lesbians, were into group sex, had AIDS, and worst of all, had low LSAT scores. Those posts, which had titles like "stupid-bitch-to-attend-yale-law," [&hellip
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St. Mark’s Giant Dog Adopted, Re-Named

Written by Becca Tucker on . Posted in Eat & Drink, Posts

I was on the way to Kim’s Video on St. Marks Place this morning to return Brokeback Mountain (I made it through the final scene dry-eyed, but when the credits rolled and Willie Nelson’s voice sang “He was a friend of mine. Every time I think of him, I just can’t keep from cryin,” I sipped my beer and let the tears come.). I stopped for coffee and a croissant at 18 St. Marks. Truth be told, I passed the storefront – since I still associate the Clifford-sized plaster dog atop the awning with Good Dog, the Chicago-style hot dog joint that had until recently occupied the space – but I did a double take when I noticed it was once again open, now called Spot’s Café.

“What happened to Good Dog?” I asked the gruff, heavyset man clad in a maroon apron who seemed to be the owner.

“Just didn’t work out I guess.”

“But you kept the dog?”

“We named him Spot.”

I’d interviewed the owner of Good Dog and the artist who created the giant plaster dog back in March of 2007, when the dog was lying on his back, with his tongue hanging out like he wanted a belly rub, taking up the entire store.

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Ratzilla Meets the Press

Written by Becca Tucker on . Posted in Posts

When I bumped into the doorman of our Madison Avenue headquarters this morning, he was pointing his cigarette skyward. Towering above us was what looked like one of those huge inflatable rats, perched atop a black pickup truck. A rat! How delightful! "Nah, I think it’s a gorilla," said the doorman. Indeed, while the bloated [&hellip
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