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Must See: Don’t-Stop-Non-Stop Gogol Bordello


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Daily Oddities: July 17, 2009

Os Gemeos

Recognize this? It's the unfinished mural by Os Gemeos, whose work adorns the facade across from the Stillwell Avenue Subway in Coney Island

It’s another day in the neighborhood, and Oddities are all around us. In fact, I’d say it’s a banner week for weird.


Despite preliminary approval for the city’s first Wal-Mart, Brooklynites are still fighting the man, while the Man uncovers coaching documents for Chinese immigrants seeking asylum in the United States. Classic Man-hating gutter punks (so familiar to any resident of the Bay Area) have infultrated Williamsburg, an underground climbing gym in Greenpoint closes after the Local writes them up, then eliminates the post, and Animals also had a banner week of weird: Jerry Stiller will never again visit Sea World after watching a film that depicts the terror of trained dolphins, the Brooklyn girl who baked a kitten (whose name is the same as my mom’s kitten) tells off animal activists and Sad Panda, the poster child of weird,  is Missing!!! In non-weird or animal related news, Brokelyn has your best bets for book-swapping in the borough. Plaza de Armas it ain’t, but worth a look for bibliophiles.


FailedMessiah has a map of Orthodox riots in Israel and child-star Rubina Ali thinks Nicole Kidman is “weird” because she’s “afraid of the sun” and doesn’t come out of her trailer.

More to come…

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Daily Oddities: Monday World Edition

There’s a lot to talk about in the World today, so lets jump right into it. You know about Tehran and you know about Binyamin Netanyahu’s speech, so we’re skipping that and getting straight down into the stuff you didn’t hear.


More than a billion people go hungry, says the World  Food Program. That’s about as many people who will contract malaria this year, a statistic that’s broken down masterfully by the country in a multi-part feature for the Global Post. Check out India. As long as we’re chatting about weird statistics, who knew that traffic was hazardous to your health? Well, ok, everybody, but who had a study to scientifically prove it’s hazardous to your health? The World Health Organization, that’s WHO. (hahahaha). Finally, a UN commissioned study with empirical evidence that climate change is effecting human migration. Which, if you’ve never heard of Tuvalu, might be news.
In other global news, the Cuban Five, whose pictures were emblazoned across whitewashed walls of local groceries and in the posh lobbies of upscale hotels when I visited Cuba in 2003-04 will not have another day in court, after what is at least five years (one for each of them!) of trying. The five stand accused of spying for Havana.
On the opposite side of the earth (and also in Brooklyn) the Guardian has a retrospective of female suicide bombers, more coverage of the refugees post-Tiger surrender and The New York Times has 4 Brooklynites (none of them M.I.A.) arrested and convicted of sponsoring the Tamil Tigers to the tune of millions. From Flushing or Staten Island, we might have expected…but this!
Some interesting stuff out of Russia: Global Post notices absurdly ostentatious oligarches reining it back. John Vinocur at the Times has some advice for Obama in Moscow next month. In sum: your shit will not work with the Russians, Mr. Smiley Pants President.
Finally, China still defies explanation, US Asians hate girls and Al Gore is once again the butt of a hilarious joke. (Guest Apperance by Rahm Emanuel.  Continue reading

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Daily Oddities, June 9th/10th

We’re starting this round of Daily Oddities with something everybody wants–a job! Today’s odd job listings include counting bees in New York City and catelouging controlled substances for the NYPD. Awesome much?

Now that you’re gainfully employed, lets take a quick gander around the globe.

GLOBE: Things are getting ridiculous in Russia, where the racing collapse of the post-Soviet economy (again) is producing the largest anti-Putin uprising ever, as even Russians admit Medvyedev has nothing to do with it. In other news, is this the fattest crime reporter you’ve ever seen? Is Moscow the best place ever to major in police blotter?

In India, small time farmers may soon be eligible for micro-insurance policies protecting against climate change. After much whining in at the UN, Sri Lanka has some revised numbers of this year’s war dead (cue streamers). It’s a lite news week for Mexico, where only one horrific, deadly event seems to be capturing headlines. Finally, even more  weirdness emerges on the Cuba front: today, we learn that a US couple in their 70s has been spying on the US for Havana for the past  several decades, before they were duped by American intelligence with Cuban cigars. Really? Continue reading

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EASTSIDE UPDATE—LAT scoops 2000 word expose on controversy it invented

Hello! It’s time again to visit the good ship LAT,  where we take you deep deep inside the west coast’s only major newspaper as it struggles for relevance and the $$$ to stay alfloat while draining the youth out of a small but significant generation of would be career reporters. For a fantastic chronicle of the paper’s decline, divert. If you prefer something lighter, keep reading.


If you’ve followed 3W1’s coverage in the past few months, you’ve probably read a good deal about the LAT/Eastside controversy. If not, the Times this week has a super-duper earnest Hipster vs. Hipspanic smackdown. Xavi Moreno wants you to know, Los Feliz can eat it—it’s not the Eastside.  BTW, Anyone who opted out of the Mixtec spelling of their name need not apply.

Exhibit A: The Eastside that’s east of the river, and the Eastside west of the river (which was first dubbed “Eastside” in a copy error by the LAT, reblogged into ubiquity, and by extension, correctness).  Eastside 1 has existed since the dawn of LA. Eastside 2.0 has existed since the late 2000’s. WINNER: Eastside 1

Exhibit B: The sudden and complete coup of Los Feliz/Echo Park/Silverlake over all that was Venice Beach/West Hollywood/Santa Monica vs. the continously crumbling, gentrification resisitant, educationally crumbling Bernal Heights et al. WINNER: Eastside 2.0.

Exhibit C: Cultural Prowess. As the article points out, Eastside 1 brought us the Chicano power movement, the LA riots, Antonio Villaraigosa and Ruben Salazar. Eastside 2.0 brought us ironic tatoos, zygote crushing skinny-jeans and Brooklyn comparisons galore. WINNER: ?

Whether or not you care, you’ve got to give it up to the rebel east-Eastside. They know how to rebel—

A year ago stickers declaring “This Is Not the Eastside!” were mysteriously plastered on telephone poles and sidewalks along Sunset Boulevard. A group of bloggers from also nabbed a stack of tour guides that said “Eastside” and, in symbolic protest, burned them during a potluck party.

That’s right LA. Stick(er) it to the man.

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Did I mention? Brooklyn Hacks

“I have customers who used to work in the offices around here,” said Aamir Ajaz, the perpetually smiling face behind the counter at Lahore Deli, a closet-sized SoHo eatery with a loyal following of taxi drivers. “Now they come in and they’re driving cabs.”

As jobs dry up in other sectors, more and more Brooklynites are turning to taxis, driving up lease rates

As jobs dry up in other sectors, more and more Brooklynites are turning to taxis, driving up lease rates


Check out my latest article at The Brooklyn Ink

(Btw, I have a total working crush on Aamir Ajaz)

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Did I mention–Adios Puebla York

mexicana1-300x224Check out my most recent article at The Brooklyn Ink , Adios Brooklyn, about Mexican immigrants leaving New York

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