The film Sharknado debuted last night, depicting a massive tornado-shark combination and all of the inevitable hazards that naturally come with it.
The subsea saga left us with one nagging question—could it happen here?
The spectacle received rave attention across Twitter, and keen to get in on the action, the city’ Office of Emergency Management tweeted, “#Sharknado isn’t real (we hope), but emergencies happen every day.”
ICANN AND SO CAN YOU!
It’s not in his policy book, and you might not have guessed it based on his auto-bound outer borough voter base and stance on bike lanes, but Anthony Weiner wants to ease up on New York City’s requirements that developers build parking in new buildings.
In video captured by Streetsblog’s Ben Fried, he mentioned reducing minimum parking requirements twice at the Tour de Queens, where he tried to convince bike advocates that his comment to Michael Bloomberg that he’d have a ribbon-cutting to celebrate ”tearing out your fucking bike lanes” was just a joke. (Unsuccessfully, it seems—as it turns out, the all-powerful bike lobby demands more than just tax credits.)
Break out the pompoms: the long-awaited .nyc domain names have finally been approved, according to a press release sent to Betabeat by the mayor’s office. Along with City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, the Mayor’s office is hoping that by scoring .nyc top-level domain names New York can continue to establish itself as a technology and small business capital.
Mayor Bloomberg was warmly received last night at his annual lettuce, gay, bacon and tomato (LGBT) barbecue at Gracie Mansion.
Well, technically it’s called the Mayor’s Pride Reception.
As clouds roiled overhead, an announcer chirped “it’s not raining, but it is raining mayors!” The crowd roared as His Honor took the stage under a marquee in the garden.
The New York Times finally published a story called “For Women in Weiner Scandal, Indignity Lingers” by Michael Barbaro, that was first posted (and then promptly deleted) earlier this month about the women at the center of mayoral hopeful and former congressman Anthony Weiner’s sexting scandal.
When the story was posted and then almost immediately pulled on June 11, readers who clicked on the story’s URL were confronted with a blank page that read “Production Note: An article was posted on this page inadvertently, before it was ready for publication.”
Jesus died for our selfies
As New York City considers its options for mayor, Silicon Alley is biting its nails at the prospect of a post-Bloomberg world. And last night, four candidates–former councilman Sal Albanese, former Congressman Anthony Weiner, comptroller John Liu and former Bronx president Adolfo Carrión–appeared at the Museum of the Moving Image to pitch themselves to the tech industry. (Front-runner Christine Quinn declined to show.)
And, well, they gave it the old college try.
Race to Gracie Mansion 2013
Hillary Clinton is furthering her social media evolution by getting into the selfie game, less than one week after she created her own Twitter account.
Technically, daughter Chelsea took the selfie. She tweeted it this afternoon with the caption, “My first #selfie w my mom @HillaryClinton back stage at #CGIAmerica. #ProudDaughter.”
John Liu’s campaign finance fraud issues. Christine Quinn’s revelations of bulimia as a young woman and a stint in rehab. Bill de Blasio’s wife coming out as a lesbian in a previous life, and a white candidate maybe possibly calling a black one an “environmental racist.” And yet there is only one candidate among Read More
Borrowing a page from the Anthony Weiner playbook, The New York Times posted and then deleted a story about Mr. Weiner, the former congressman who resigned after tweeting (then quickly deleting) inappropriate pictures. That the story was about the women who were involved in the scandal only adds to the irony.
Clicking on the link to the story, once entitled “For Women in Weiner Scandal, Indignity Lingers,” now takes readers to a page that reads “Production Note: An article was posted on this page inadvertently, before it was ready for publication.”
This is one sticky situation.
According to a new report from the Health Department, New Yorkers are more diabetic than ever, no thanks to Bloomberg’s assault on sugary drinks.
Nearly 650,000 adult New Yorkers report having diabetes, approximately 200,000 more than just 10 years ago, according to an April 2013 data Read More